The Great Contraption Race (GCR) is a fun, 2-person and or 4-person team race that will soon become The WNY event that will be on everyone’s bucket list near and far! On Saturday, August 1, 2015 teams will race down the lower Niagara River on their floating contraptions beginning in Lewiston, NY finishing in Youngstown, NY at Fort Niagara State Park
The race occurs on floating contraptions designed and built by each team. The contraptions must be made mostly from recycled materials, they must be able to float and the contraption can only be powered by human power, and or, a man made sail to float down the River.
Costumes and themed contraptions are highly recommended. Food and beverage will be supplied at the finish line where we will celebrate a fun-filled day in the incredible lower Niagara River Region with music and awards for team competitors and their support crews. This area along with viewing areas along the river are available for those who would like to come and cheer you on!
GCR Safety Requirements & Day of Race Information
Start Gate will be at Lewiston Public Dock, 115 North Water Street, Lewiston, NY 14092
Finish line will be at Fort Niagara State Park, Youngstown NY -South ramp
All teams must arrive by 9AM for registration, photos, safety check, and launch time. Launch starts at 11AM
Please make sure you arrange to have transportation in Youngstown at Fort Niagara to pick up contraption at race end.
The following safety precautions must be adhered to or you will not be able to participate.
1. Each participant must wear a life jacket at all times (failure to do so will result in disqualification)
2. Each participant must be able to swim 100 meters
3. Additional line secured to contraption –Approx. 25- 30ft to be used for towing if needed
4. Each contraption must have 100 ft. of rope with a marker/buoy attached in case contraption sinks. (Clothesline is acceptable as well as a milk jug, plastic container, etc.)
5. Each contraption must have a paddle for each participant
6. Distress Flags will be provided at registration
7. Whistles or blow horns are recommended for each contraption in case of emergency.
The Alexa Foundation staff and volunteers do not condone any use of alcoholic beverages in /on/or consumed prior to the race- if any are discovered it is grounds for immediate removal from the race.