Students pull out the duct tape for Cardboard Kayak Race at Unity College

Posted May 04, 2014, at 5:43 a.m.
Summer Nay (from left) and Rebecca Zerlin race across the Unity College retention pond in cardboard kayaks they built in an hour Friday afternoon during the second annual Unity College Cardboard Kayak Race at Unity College.
Summer Nay (from left) and Rebecca Zerlin race across the Unity College retention pond in cardboard kayaks they built in an hour Friday afternoon during the second annual Unity College Cardboard Kayak Race at Unity College. Buy Photo
Summer Nay races Rebecca Zerlin (not pictured) during the second annual Unity College Cardboard Kayak Race at Unity College. The racers built their kayaks in an hour before the race, the idea being to promote reuse and recycling.
Summer Nay races Rebecca Zerlin (not pictured) during the second annual Unity College Cardboard Kayak Race at Unity College. The racers built their kayaks in an hour before the race, the idea being to promote reuse and recycling. Buy Photo
Ryan Noble races his cardboard kayak Friday afternoon during the second annual Unity College Cardboard Kayak Race in the Unity College retention pond. Noble's team won the Speedy Award for finishing the fastest.
Ryan Noble races his cardboard kayak Friday afternoon during the second annual Unity College Cardboard Kayak Race in the Unity College retention pond. Noble's team won the Speedy Award for finishing the fastest. Buy Photo
Rebecca Zerlin (from left), Caleb Roebuck and Jake McGinley cheer winning the Epic Failure Award after racing their cardboard kayak in the second annual Unity College Cardboard Kayak Race at Unity College on Friday.
Rebecca Zerlin (from left), Caleb Roebuck and Jake McGinley cheer winning the Epic Failure Award after racing their cardboard kayak in the second annual Unity College Cardboard Kayak Race at Unity College on Friday. Buy Photo
Unity College students walk their cardboard kayaks that they constructed in an hour down to a drainage pond on campus to race during the second annual Unity College Cardboard Kayak Race at Unity College on Friday afternoon.
Unity College students walk their cardboard kayaks that they constructed in an hour down to a drainage pond on campus to race during the second annual Unity College Cardboard Kayak Race at Unity College on Friday afternoon. Buy Photo
Caleb Roebuck (from left), Ryan Morrison, Rebecca Zerlin, Dean Sheehan and Jake McGinely construct a cardboard kayak to race in the second annual Unity College Cardboard Kayak Race at Unity College.
Caleb Roebuck (from left), Ryan Morrison, Rebecca Zerlin, Dean Sheehan and Jake McGinely construct a cardboard kayak to race in the second annual Unity College Cardboard Kayak Race at Unity College. Buy Photo
Benjamin &quotSunshine" Gardener (left) and Devin Frost build a cardboard kayak to race in the second annual Unity College Cardboard Kayak Race at Unity College.
Benjamin "Sunshine" Gardener (left) and Devin Frost build a cardboard kayak to race in the second annual Unity College Cardboard Kayak Race at Unity College. Buy Photo
Taylor Noble (from left), Ryan Morrison, John Fox and Caleb Roebuck run to get cardboard to build a kayak in an hour and then race as part of the second annual Unity College Cardboard Kayak Race at Unity College on Friday.
Taylor Noble (from left), Ryan Morrison, John Fox and Caleb Roebuck run to get cardboard to build a kayak in an hour and then race as part of the second annual Unity College Cardboard Kayak Race at Unity College on Friday. Buy Photo

Six teams plunged into the frigid waters of the Unity College retention pond Friday afternoon to race cardboard kayaks they made in an hour before the race.

The second annual Unity College Cardboard Kayak Race was designed as a way to promote eco-friendly creativity and remind the community of the need to recycle. The students are given used cardboard, duct tape and one knife to create the kayaks.

After a short parade from the college campus down to the drainage pond situated next to the Unity College maintenance department, the students hit the water.

One racer, Ryan Noble, created an inflatable design out of the duct tape he was given. His design brought him to a cheering crowd at the end of the finish line. Noble’s team won the Speedy Award during an award ceremony in which competitors received prizes such as camping stoves and hammocks.

“I don’t really remember much, I was just trying to keep it balanced,” said Noble.

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