The Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race (GNCTR) is the largest and longest running Canadian undergraduate engineering competition, celebrating it’s 46th year in 2020. GNCTR is a multidisciplinary challenge, where teams must construct a toboggan that can safely transport five riders. This toboggan must have a fully concrete running surface, functional steering/braking systems, and completely enclosed roll cage, all weighing less than 300lbs.
GNCTR was founded in 1974 by D. H. Simmonds, President of the Alberta chapter of the American Concrete Institute. The first race was held in 1975 with participants from the University of Alberta, University of Calgary, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, and Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. Since then, GNCTR has grown to include universities and technical institutes from across Canada, as well as the United States and Europe from time-to-time.
The location of GNCTR changes year-to-year, with a different group of GNCTR alumni taking on responsibility of organizing and facilitating the competition each year. Generally, the host cities alternate between eastern and western Canada. For the first time in its storied history, GNCTR will be hosted in Canada’s largest city, Toronto, Ontario.