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

Posted May 04, 2014, at 5:43 a.m.
Last modified May 05, 2014, at 5:47 p.m.

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.