The Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race (GNCTR) is the largest student run engineering competition in Canada. Dating back to 1975, this adaptation of the American Concrete Canoe Race brings together over 450+ engineering students from universities and technical institutions across Canada. These students will be given the opportunity to apply and develop their skills in design, technical writing, networking, and management.

In February of 2017, Winnipeg will be carrying on the GNCTR tradition of teamwork, sportsmanship, school spirit, and innovation.

About the Toboggans

Competitors will be asked to design and build a toboggan which can safely carry five passengers. All toboggans must consist of an entirely concrete running surface, a structural frame, a breaking system, and a functional steering system all while weighing less than 350lbs. Teams will be judged on a number on categories including concrete mix design, frame design, steering, breaking, a technical report, race day speed, and school spirit. Teams will not be allowed to compete if their toboggans do not meet the safety and technical guidelines.




Below are the following awards that will be offered at GNCTR 2017!    Download detailed Awards List

  • First Place, Overall Champion
  • Second Place
  • Third Place
  • Best New Team
  • Best Non-Competing Team
  • People’s Choice
  • Most Improved Team
  • Most Sustainable Team
  • Best Theoretical Toboggan
  • Best Concrete Mix Design
  • Best Concrete Reinforcement Design
  • Best Breaking Design
  • Best Steering Design
  • Most Original/Innovative Design
  • Most Aesthetically Pleasing Toboggan
  • Best Technical Display
  • Best Technical Report
  • Best Technical Presentation
  • Best Performing Toboggan
  • Best Steering Performance
  • Best Braking Performance
  • King of the Hill
  • Fastest Run Time
  • Most Spectacular Run
  • Best Team Spirit
  • Best Theme Costumes