The Great Contraption Race (GCR) is a fun, 2-person and 4-person team race starting at 9:00 AM on Saturday August 2, 2014. Contestants will float down the lower Niagara River from Lewiston, NY finishing in Youngstown, NY.
The race occurs on floating amphibious contraptions designed and built by each team. The contraptions must be made primarily from recycled materials. The contraptions must be able to float, and the contraption can only be powered by human power, and or a man made sail to race down the River.
To start, the amphibious contraptions can either be carried or rolled on portable or affixed wheels by the teams and their support crews into the Niagara River from the starting gate located at the public boat ramp in Lewiston, NY from a starting gate. You have two minutes to get into the water from the start gate as another team will start right behind you. The contraption must be able to travel down the mighty Niagara River 6.2 miles (9.97km) to Youngstown, NY where the contraption must then be carried, or rolled out of the river by each team with their support crew's help. Once out of the water your contraption must be carried, or rolled a half mile (.80km) to the finish line in Youngstown, NY's Veteran's Park.
Costumes and themed contraptions are highly recommended as one of the multiple team awards that can be won is for creativity showmanship. Food, beverages, and activities will be supplied at the finish line where we will celebrate a fun-filled day in the incredible lower Niagara River region with music, and awards for team competitors and their support crews. This area is also open to spectators and visitors, as well as the communities that make up the lower Niagara River Region. Music performances by local musicians and DJ's from as far away as Toronto, ON.
There are 3 divisions of sponsored teams: corporate / military, collegiate and individuals.
Points are given for creativity, those that finish, and those that that don't, showmanship, and you are timed from start to finish.
Proceeds from this great event are going to the very worthy, 'It Happened To Alexa Foundation.' The Alexa Foundation is a national charity based in Lewiston, NY that assists rape victims and their families. For more information about this worthy cause go here.
More information about the race and requirements will be available soon!