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JANUARY 24TH - 28TH, 2018



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.

Competing teams will descend upon Waterloo in January 2018 to carry on the GNCTR tradition of teamwork, sportsmanship, school spirit, and innovation.


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 braking 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, braking, 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.


Without corporate sponsors like yourself, hosting an event like GNCTR 2018 would not be possible.  Please take the time to review our sponsorship package - we look forward to hearing from you!



        Ledcor Group

        Ledcor Group

PERI Formwork Systems

PERI Formwork Systems

University of Waterloo Faculty of Engineering

University of Waterloo Faculty of Engineering



  Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd.

  Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd.

         Reinforcing Steel Institute of Ontario

         Reinforcing Steel Institute of Ontario

University of Waterloo Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering

University of Waterloo Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering



   IBI Group

   IBI Group

Logistics Decisions

Logistics Decisions

Tacoma Engineers

Tacoma Engineers

                 Waterloo Engineering Society

                 Waterloo Engineering Society




The official rules for GNCTR 2018 are now available for download at your convenience!  We've pushed to get this document in your hands earlier to give teams a jump start on their design.  All teams should read the rules in full to ensure your design meets the necessary criteria for this year's competition. 

The GNCTR 2018 Organizing Committee reserves the right to add, remove, or modify the competition rules at any point in order to maintain the spirit of the competition and ensure the safety of all competitors.  Should the competition rules be modified in any way, addendums will be issued to all registered teams and posted here.


Responses to questions emailed by each team will be posted publically in the form of Request for Information Response Packages, provided the question response would have some value to all teams.  Please see the links below to RFI responses:

The following are important deliverable due dates outlined in the GNCTR 2018 Official Competition Rules : 

❄ Baseline Project Schedule : 

     Monday, October 2, 2017 at 11:59:59 PM EST

❄ Competing Teams Safety Report : 

     Monday, November 13, 2017 at 11:59:59 PM EST

❄ Competing Teams Technical Report : 

     Monday, January 8, 2018 at 11:59:59 PM EST

❄ Non-Competing Teams Safety Report : 

     Monday, January 8, 2018 at 11:59:59 PM EST




Logistics Decisions will return as the GNCTR 2018 Organizing Committee's Recommended Shipper!

For detailed shipping information regarding GNCTR, please click this hyperlink.

For frequently asked questions related to toboggan shipping, please click this hyperlink.

Additionally, in an attempt to try minimize unloading delays during the competition, we are looking for the best crate designs from past GNCTRs.  Any teams willing to share their previous years crate construction drawing should email it to  The organizing committee will aim to post a small selection of the designs to share with other teams for their potential use. 

Please stay tuned for upcoming information regarding toboggan shipping! 


The GNCTR 2018 Organizing Committee has arranged for a group event flight discount with WestJet!  WestJet is offering 10% off Econo Fares and 15% off Plus Fares to GNCTR 2018 participants flying into one of Toronto Pearson International Airport, Kitchener-Waterloo Regional Airport, or Hamilton International Airport from anywhere in North America.  To qualify, flights must occur between January 17th, 2018 and February 4th, 2018.  Flights can be booked anytime up to the competition for this offer to be valid.  Please use the following discount code for booking flights:  OZBPYAN.

For WestJet frequently asked questions related to booking with a discount code, please click this link. 

As noted in the registration package, due to the limited flights to Kitchener-Waterloo Regional Airport the organizing committee will be providing buses for any teams flying into Toronto Pearson on Wednesday, January 24th and departing Toronto Pearson on Sunday, January 28th.  We would greatly appreciate if all flying teams attempt to travel via WestJet to limit bus coordination between Terminal 1 and Terminal 3 in Toronto.

Please email with your itinerary once your team have booked flights.


The competition organizing hotel is the Crowne Plaza Kitchener-Waterloo, located at 105 King Street East, Kitchener, ON.   Deluxe Rooms with Two Queen Beds are available at a competition discounted rate of $129 per night, plus 13% HST, or Executive Rooms with One King Bed are available at a discounted rate of $139 per night, plus 13% HST.

Reservations are to be made directly with the Crowne Plaza by either following this hyperlink to reserve a room, or calling the hotel reservations department at 1-800-483-7812.  Teams must provide the promotional code of "GTR" to qualify for the discounted rate.  Please note this is not a typo, the code is "GTR" not "GNCTR".

Please email once your team have made your hotel reservation, noting the number of rooms booked and check-in / check-out dates.


Final Registration is now open!  Final registration fees are due on December 1st, 2017, and the final registration form (linked below) is due on December 10th, 2017!  Please download a copy of the final registration form and email the completed form to

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The University of waterloo

200 University Ave W
Waterloo, ON, N2L 3G1