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Turn a cardboard box into a rocket


The third annual cardboard box toboggan race promises to be fun for the whole family.

"We're challenging residents to get creative using cardboard boxes. It's a great family activity where you get to build and create your own toboggan and then enjoy the day out at the hill," said Roz Llewellyn, the city's recreation program supervisor.

The main criteria to participate is that your sled must be made primarily of cardboard.

"People have gotten very creative in the past, using one or more boxes," Llewellyn said.

Participants are permitted to add another material to the underside of their makeshift toboggan to help it slide.

"In the past, people have used tin foil, garbage bags, or even a shower curtain. You can use whatever you want, as long as it's not attached to an actual sled," Llewellyn said, adding that includes crazy carpets and other store-bought toboggans.

"Unacceptable materials would be things like wood, steel, fibreglass." she said.

The free-of-charge event is being held at the hill at Couchiching Golf and Country Club, located on North Street, on Sunday. Registration begins at 1 p.m. and is open to individuals and teams. Participants must sign a waiver upon registration and bring their own protective head gear, such as a hockey or bike helmet.

"It's grown in popularity each year," Llewellyn said. The event saw approximately 40 participants last time around.

"Last year, we had toddlers all the way up to seniors competing. It's really an event for the whole family."

Judging categories include furthest distance, most creative design, largest toboggan, best overall design, best wipeout and the fastest speed.

"We will have someone there with a radar gun, clocking people as they come down the hill," Llewellyn said.

The winner of each category will receive a trophy.

For more information or to register online, visit and click on the Winter Active link.

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