The March 15 cardboard sled derby at Kincaid Park is equal parts zaniness, adrenaline and test of your construction abilities. It takes a little bit of all three to build a sled of nothing but cardboard, duct tape and white glue – then climb into it and launch yourself down Kincaid’s sledding hill.
There aren’t very many rules: You can cram pretty much as many people as you like into a sled as long as everybody wears a helmet (loaners will be available). The duct tape can extend no more than three inches past the seams.
Other than that, just about anything goes as long as you dress for the wind. Event coordinator Margaret Timmerman singles that out as a particular concern.
“People forget that Kincaid is on a point and surrounded by water on three sides. It’s generally windy,” she explains. Wind chill can cool you down quickly, even if the ambient temperature is relatively mild – but you, as a fabulous reader of Coast, probably already know this. Still, Timmerman reports that the first year she coordinated this event, kids in sleds were actually blown back up the hill by a stiff, 30-mph wind.
The cardboard sled derby is historically kid friendly (in spite of those winds) and draws plenty of young racers, but nobody has ever entered the adult division. Come on, folks, are you going to let the kids have all the fun?
Entry costs $5 per sled if you register before race day; race-day registration costs $10. You can pick up and submit registration forms at the Kincaid Outdoor Center, Selkregg/Russian Jack chalet, or Fairview and Spenard recreation centers. Questions can be directed to Margaret Timmerman, the event coordinator, at 343-4217.