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United Way's cardboard boat race raises $68K

United Way's cardboard boat race raises $68K

Great Cardboard Boat Race raises $68K





ELKHART — More than 50 teams representing a variety of companies helped United Way of Elkhart County kick off the agency's annual fundraising campaign Friday with the Great Cardboard Boat Race.

The event was held at LaSalle Bristol Pond, located in front of LaSalle Bristol's offices along C.R. 17. United Way of Elkhart County is located inside the office space.


The race, now in its ninth year, consisted of eight races of six or seven boats each, followed by two championship rounds.

According to the United Way rule book, the boats must be made entirely using cardboard, specific types of paint or polyurethane and duct tape.


Bristol-based Utilimaster won the trophy for the Cardboard Crusader Challenge Race, a competition that included any boats that did not win the first race they were in, but were still floating.

Eight teams competed in the Championship Race, including teams from the winners of each heat. Utilimaster took the championship trophy.

United Way officials Monday said the event raised approximately $68,000. All proceeds benefit United Way of Elkhart County.


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