More than 500 college students from throughout the U.S. and Canada attended the first day of a national concrete canoe competition Thursday hosted this year by Cal Poly.
The annual event coordinated by the American Society of Civil Engineers features 22 teams this year — including Cal Poly’s squad, which took third place in last year’s competition.
This year’s event will include a race Saturday at Lopez Lake, which is open to the public. Races are expected to run from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m.
Cal Poly’s team spent a total of 4,600 hours working on this year’s concrete canoe, which is more than 20 feet long and weighs about 170 pounds, said civil engineering major Julia Davis, a team captain.
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