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National concrete canoe meet begins Thursday at University of Nevada, Reno


Media invited to 25th ASCE National Concrete Canoe Competition in Reno/Sparks June 14-16

The concrete canoes in this week’s national competition are examples of engineering science and also colorful works of art, and will be displayed for judging on the University of Nevada, Reno’s historic Quad Thursday morning. The canoes, which range from 16 to 22 feet long and weigh between 75 and 450 pounds, will also be lowered into a huge tank for the swamp test in which the canoes must float to the surface for the team to be eligible to race. Media is invited to see the canoes and interview participants.

WHO: The top 22 university teams of students from around the country who have won regional concrete canoe competitions.

WHAT: The American Society of Civil Engineer’s 25th National Concrete Canoe Competition hosted by the University of Nevada, Reno; the three-day event concludes on Saturday with canoe races at the Sparks Marina in the City of Sparks, next door to Reno.

WHEN: June 14-16

The races account for 25 percent of the teams’ scores, with the presentation, design and final product categories 25 percent each. To learn more about the competition or to find downloadable high-resolution photos, visit www.asce.org/concretecanoe.

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Thursday, June 14, 8 to 11 a.m. – Dunk tank test – does the canoe float? Each team must swamp their canoe in this huge tank, and it must float to be eligible to race. There will also be team canoe displays and judging on the University’s historic Quad throughout the afternoon.

Friday, June 15, All day – Design paper presentations by teams, closed to media and the public.

Saturday, June 16, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Paddling competition at Sparks Marina.

Saturday June 16, 7 to 9 p.m. – Banquet and awards at the University of Nevada, Reno Joe Crowley Student Union.


University of Nevada, Reno: for the Quad events, enter campus at the Center Street entrance. Driving video directions –http://www.unr.edu/admissions/visit-campus/driving-directions; map to campus: http://tiny.cc/8nxffw

Sparks Marina: exit Interstate 80 at McCarran Boulevard in Sparks, go north to Nichols Boulevard, turn right, follow Nichols to roundabout and enter parking lot at roundabout: http://tiny.cc/6sxffw.

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