For the second year in a row, UBC Okanagan’s concrete toboggan team won second place overall at the Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race.
UBC Okanagan was the host university this year and the races took place January 24 at Big White. While race conditions were not ideal, due to heavy fog and rain, the competition went ahead as planned and the host team came away with a toboggan load of trophies.
Along with the second place win, the team’s VW bug and hippy-themed team also took top prize for having the best technical report, for the best theoretical toboggan, best concrete mix, and best performing toboggan—a trophy they also won last year.
Team captain Jordan Stepan, a fourth-year civil engineering student, says the team of hippies and the VW bus proved to be highly competitive and he is proud of the five trophies collected by the team. Stepan also notes the UBC Okanagan team was among the top three in almost every competitive category.
This year’s competition brought some 430 students from 17 universities to Kelowna.