The time is right for teams to start building their lake-worthy watercraft if they plan to enter Fort Leonard Wood’s 2020 Cardboard Boat Race.
The annual event, held by Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. Aug. 22 at the lake at Training Area 250.
“This is a great team-building, unit-cohesion, family bonding or homeschool project,” explained LoraLee Neubeck with the FMWR Installation Wide Events Office.
She added that teams can register online at https://leonardwood.armymwr.com. The competition is free.
“Teams are tasked to construct a cardboard vessel that will — hopefully — float,” Neubeck said. “All boats must be built prior to the event. Each team will provide a two-person crew to guide their vessel through the racecourse on the lake. Check-in starts at 10 a.m. Races begin at 11 a.m.”
Competitions will be held in two categories: adult and family.
“Family teams must include one member under (the age of) 17,” Neubeck said. “This is a fun event for everyone.”
Teams in each category can win the following awards:
— The High Seas Award for the most-spirited team;
— The Admiral’s Pride Award for most creative design, and
— The Torpedo Award for having the fastest time across the finish line while successfully staying afloat.
All competitors are asked to practice social distancing on race day – participants will be required to wear face coverings while piloting boats.
For more information, including a complete set of rules, visit the event listing webpage at https://leonardwood.armymwr.com/calendar/event/cardboard-boat-race/4424797/51552.