This story was prepared (and updated) with the help of Racer Rowing Vice President, Danielle Eichelberger. Thanks, Danielle for spreading the news about the team’s plans for an exciting new event!
With an especially creative plan for fundraising, Racer Rowing is planning its first ever Cardboard Regatta. On April 24th at 6 P.M., teams from all over Murray State will be racing handmade boats constructed entirely of cardboard. The contest will take place in the Carr Health Building pool. Teams representing Greek life, residential colleges, academic departments, and student clubs will be on hand to see, not only if their boats can cross the finish line the fastest, but whether they can stay afloat!
Prizes will be awarded to the top three overall finishers. Racer Rowing will make a donation to a charity chosen by each of the top teams. In addition to awarding prizes for first, second and third place finishes, a Titanic Award will be given to the boat
that sinks the most spectacularly.
Funds raised by entry fees for this contest will be used to cover the expense of parts and labor needed to construct a new dock at the team's Kentucky Lake practice facility. According to Eichelberger, “We've had most of the raw materials to build a new dock for several years; however, we've been unable to afford to pay someone with the expertise to assemble it. Hopefully, the funds we raise through this unique event will get us closer to our goal!”
If it is successful, Eichelberger said the Cardboard Regatta may become something that the team does annually. Stay tuned to The Racer Rowing Society Blog for photos and updates regarding Racer Rowing’s first ever Cardboard Regatta!