Cardboard race a classic for Steamboat residents

Saturday's 24th annual race entries can be made with only cardboard, tape, glue, string and paint

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According to Channing Reynolds, the secret to success in the 24th annual Cardboard Classic is "extreme amounts of duct tape."

Because for his team of six and the pit crew, it is important for the craft to stay intact, at least until they reach the base of Headwall.

"Just making it to the bottom is winning," Reynolds said. "I don't think the craft made it down to the bottom last year."

The Cardboard Classic is open to anyone older than 5, but no more than six people may be aboard the craft for the race down Headwall.

The only materials that can be used to construct the crafts are cardboard, duct tape, masking tape, glue, string and water-based paint.

There is no entrance fee, and registration for the Cardboard Classic will be from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Steamboat Ski Area's Information Center, across from the ticket windows.

The race starts at 1:30 p.m. with the awards ceremony to follow.

Up for grabs this year are trophies in the following categories: Most Creative, Ugliest, Best Individual Craft, Best Reproduction of Person, Place or Thing and Potpourri, which Steamboat Ambassador Larry McCargar said was a miscellaneous category.

Judging will be from noon to 1 p.m.

Everyone who enters the Cardboard Classic is eligible for a drawing that includes a season ski pass for next year.

Popular places to find cardboard are at City Market, Safeway or Waste Management.

McCargar has never entered the Cardboard Classic, but he has watched it and seen everything from elaborate crafts to makeshift ones that were put together in minimal time.

Saturday will mark Reynolds' sixth appearance in the Cardboard Classic, and more often than not, his team makes crafts that fall in the latter category.

But there is talk this year of getting together to create a cardboard likeness of the General Lee, the famed orange car from the TV show "Dukes of Hazard."

"But it's possible it'll be a duct-tape canoe," Reynolds said.

--To reach Melinda Mawdsley call 871-4208

or e-mail mmawdsley@steamboatpilot.com

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