UMass Amherst to Host Engineering Students from 12 Northeast Universities in Concrete Canoe Races on April 18


DATE: Saturday, April 18, 2009
TIME: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
PLACE: Lake Wyola, 94 Lakeview Road, Shutesbury, near the UMass Amherst campus (

AWARD CEREMONY: Sunday, April 19, 10:30 a.m. to noon
Top of the Campus, 11th floor of the UMass Amherst Campus Center

UMass Amherst hosts the regional semifinal of the American Society of Civil Engineers’ National Concrete Canoe Competition, for which students design and build a fast, floatable canoe of concrete and paddle it in an endurance and a sprint race. Five races are held including men’s and women’s 600-meter endurance with two turns; men’s and women’s 200-meter sprints with one turn, and a coed sprint. On the Friday night before the Saturday races, teams give a five-minute oral presentation on materials, design and testing, and answer judges’ questions. Scholarships totaling $9,000 are awarded to the winners’ undergraduate civil engineering program. Finals will be in Alabama in June.

More than 160 students are expected to compete from the following schools:

Northeastern University, UConn, University of Hartford, Universite Laval, Quebec City, University of Maine, UMass Amherst, UMass Dartmouth, UMass Lowell, University of New Hampshire, University of New Haven, University of Rhode Island, and Wentworth Institute of Technology

Contact: Janet Lathrop, 413/545-0444
UMass Amherst team captains: Kelly Shanahan,; David Fortin,; student organizing chair: Tyler de Ruiter,