November Update 2

Huge shoutout to our sponsorship team for acquiring our aggregation of sponsors! I’d like to introduce Cana Construction as our platinum sponsor, GLJ Petroleum Consultants as a gold level sponsor, Dufferin Construction Company and Stantec for silver level sponsors and Clifton Associates Ltd. as bronze!

Cookie dough sales were fantastic – Christina Scott crushed it by selling 65 tubs!

Logistics has been doing superb, we had two huge craft days where we finished fifty percent of our costumes and are also nearing completion of our tech ex.

Concrete assembled the forms last Saturday and are ready for pouring and construction of the superstructure is underway.

Big progress during these last two weeks for everyone, hopefully these next two will be just as good (if school doesn’t get in the way!). Can’t wait to see our finished costumes and the test run!!




October Update

Hello all!

My apologies for the delay in the update but it has been busy as preparations for everything is under-way.

The team did a fantastic job at the bottle drive! Fliers were delivered to over 1400 homes and there was a large participation at the bottle drive itself! We ended up raising over $3000 through the kind donations of residents of a nearby community.

Here are some pictures from the day:

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Bottle Drive, a set by GNCTR Calgary on Flickr.

Some updates from each team:


  • Tech Ex is still in the planning stage
  • Costumes have been determined and various materials are being researched
  • Swag ideas have been finalized (be stoked!)


  • Design for the sled has been chosen
  • General shape and geometry is planned based on the design of the sled
  • Braking and steering mechanisms are being researched


  • Lots of test pours and strength testing for mix design have been performed, more on the way!

Looking forward to team bonding being held on October 19th. Remember that the Spirit Pageant will be held that night so best of luck for those fortunate fellows!

Cookie Dough sales are going to be starting soon so keep your eye out for those.



Construction Update

Good news on the construction front.

1) We have a set of skis to test run on.

2) Superstructure, brake, handbrake are all moving along. Could be completed next week.

3) A second set of skis are in the works.

4) Final testing of mix designs on Monday the 6th.

5) Estimated 28 day concrete strength of 80 MPa.

More to come, but for now check out a few pictures from the construction process.

Keep an eye on the website in the new year for pictures of the completed sled!

Structural/Mechanical Update

Conceptual design for the sled in almost complete. Structural analysis will commence this week along with a detailed weight calculations record to ensure the 300 lb limit is not exceeded.

Conceptual Design:

  • Concrete running surface: 4 skis – two 1300mm long rear skis and two 500mm long front steering skis
  • Superstructure: Carriage shape using welded square aluminum pipe
  • Brakes: Large drop-down shovel at rear of sled along with 4 or 6 small hand applied brakes
  • Steering: Two front skis turned by steering wheel at front of sled
  • Cladding (Some components are for the tech-ex only): Cladding done in cedar panels to look authentic, hand brakes to look like horse legs, painted plywood large carriage wheels, half-wheels (semi-circle) will be used during the races
  • Flooring: Tightly wrapped and secured orange snow fencing

See the following images for more info:

Test Run – December 21, 2009 @ C.O.P.

Below are photos taken at Canada Olympic Park during the testing of the “Night of the Living Sled”.

Overall the testing was a success as minor issues with our brake were identified and resolved the following day.

Keep tracking the progress of the Calgary GNCTR team  as we near our date of departure, January 27th, for Hamilton, Ontario and the Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race 2010!