March 19, 2014

Boat regatta, triathlon set for April 26

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill.  -- Two popular annual Southern Illinois University Carbondale events, the Great Cardboard Boat Regatta and the Doc Spackman Memorial Triathlon, will take place April 26. 

The 41st regatta will take place at SIU’s campus lake boat dock.  Teams and individuals are welcome to participate by creating cardboard boats to “race” across campus lake.  Winners will claim trophies and awards in a variety of categories.  

You can start working on your cardboard watercraft now as Alpha Chi Sigma, the event organizer, is selling 7-by-8 foot cardboard sheets for $3 each.    The campus professional chemistry fraternity is selling the cardboard at the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in the James W. Neckers Building.  Contact Mary Kinsel at 618/453-6428 to make arrangements to pick up cardboard.  Regatta participants can also choose to use their own corrugated cardboard. 

There is a $15 per boat registration fee payable at the event.  For more information about the event, competition, categories and other details, contact Kinsel by email at, visit, or check out the “Great Cardboard Boat Regatta” Facebook page. 

The 31st Doc Spackman Memorial Triathlon is a 5.8-mile bike race, two-mile run and 385-yard swim on or near campus lake. The race begins at 8 a.m. with sign-in between 6:30 and 7:30 a.m.  The triathlon is open to the first 25 teams and 300 people.