PEORIA - Racing a normal boat is hard enough, but a boat made of cardboard? That seems almost impossible.
But racers from local boat clubs took to the waters to do just that at the annual IVY Club Invitational Cardboard boat race.
The Labor Day tradition provided plenty of excitement and a few laughs while helping out a good cause.
The eighth annual race featured some pretty creative designs
“(The) biggest challenge is to figure out how to keep the water from getting to the cardboard. Once your water gets to the cardboard then you're in trouble,” said racer Wayne Galpin.
So racer Wayne Galpin used plenty of duct tape, water-based paint and silicon calk to keep his cardboard boat together.
Racers say they had plenty of fun making their boats.
A few even said they donated a month to the project.
“Where else are you going to get some cardboard and some duct tape and a bit of paint and go and paddle it on the river,” said racer Carrie Grimwade who won the competition in 2012.
Paddle they did near the harbor of the Ivy Club.
“Just like sailing or any boat race, any boat race on the river you have to get a good start,” said Grimwade.
The Peoria Boat Club was the first to cross the finish line.
“Half way we knew we had it; once we turned the corner we were there,” said racer Joe Hranka.
But the real winners, the local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.
The event aimed to raise a couple thousand dollars to fight the Alzheimers, adding to about $25,000 dollars raised over the past eight years.
There was also a vote for the most creatively designed boat and the boat to sink first was given the “Titanic Award.”
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