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Release: April 10, 2000
NOTE TO EDITORS AND REPORTERS: To reach Lake Macbride beach, take Highway
1 and turn west onto Highway 382 at Solon. Highway 382 leads directly into
the park, where signs leading to the beach are posted.
UI College of Engineering Hosts April 22 Concrete Canoe Competition
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- As unlikely as the event may appear, concrete canoe racing
will be featured when the University of Iowa College of Engineering hosts
the 2000 American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Midwest Regional Concrete
Canoe Competition between six Midwestern universities at 1:30 p.m. Saturday,
April 22 at the Lake Macbride beach.
The competition will begin with an 8:30 a.m. session in Room W10 of the
John Pappajohn Business Administration Building in which teams will give technical
presentations and displays on canoe design. The 1:30 p.m. formal competition
will include four races with two paddlers: men's sprint, men's long-distance,
women's sprint, and women's long-distance. A coed sprint involving four paddlers
will be the fifth race.
The reward for the winning team is a trip to the ASCE National Competition
June 24-26 at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colo. Kathy Johnson,
president of the UI ASCE student chapter hosting the competition, said that
the contest is about engineering research, design and construction as much
"The rules change every year, so we are constantly challenged to change
our canoe design and our concrete mix design," she says. "Work starts
in the early fall and continues throughout the year. It is always exciting
to see what new ideas schools come up with. I'm looking forward to meeting
some new people from other schools and to hosting a great competition."
Johnson notes that although some people may doubt a concrete canoe can float,
the science underlying concrete canoes is the same as that for conventional
boats made of steel.
In addition to the UI team, universities represented in the competition
include: the University of Minnesota, Iowa State University, the University
of Wisconsin at Platteville, South Dakota State University, and North Dakota
State University. The UI consistently places in the top three and won the
competition when it hosted the event in 1993.