Ready to set sail? Registration due Wednesday for Lynchburg’s ‘Great Cardboard Boat Race’

Lynchburg & Central Virginia News

(Photo: Courtesy Lynchburg Parks and Recreation Department)

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Calling all cardboard commodores! Get ready to “design, build, race, (and most likely) sink” because Lynchburg Parks and Recreation is hosting the third annual “Great Cardboard Boat Race” this weekend, but only for participants who register by Wednesday.

Officials say you need to register for the race online or in-person at the Miller Center by 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 4.

In addition, Lynchburg Parks and Recreation says all boats need to be built ahead of time out of cardboard and duct time, as well as crewed by a one or two-person team. For a full list of the rules of the race, click here.

Competitors need to arrive at Miller Park Pool by 6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 7 for boat inspection. The competition will then proceed from 6:30 p.m. to 8p.m. 

Race organizers will split the race into two waves — ages 8 to 17 in the youth wave and ages 18 and up in the adult wave — and give out awards for the fastest boat, the most creative boat, and the most dramatic sinking.

The Great Cardboard Boat Race costs $16 for Lynchburg residents and $20 for non-Lynchburg residents.

For more information about the race, either follow this link or call the Lynchburg Parks and Recreation customer service desk at (434) 455-5858. If you have any questions, you are asked to reach out to Nature Zone at (434) 455-5828. 

If you’ve never heard of the Great Cardboard Boat Race, check out this video from Lynchburg Parks and Recreation from 2018.

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