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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
( April 1, 1997)
Canyon Lake Preparations Begin for Fast Approaching Concrete Canoe Races
The time for preparations is flying by for the Rocky Mountain Regional Conference Concrete Canoe Races. In fact, there is just under two weeks left before civil engineering students from all across the region begin arriving for what is sure to be a very exciting weekend. Yesterday South Dakota School of Mines and Technology students began preparing Canyon Lake for the races by placing temporary buoys to mark the race courses. There were approximately 30 buoys placed on the lake, each of which consist of a plastic milk carton tied to a string and anchored by a concrete block. The buoys will remain in Canyon Lake until Friday, April 11 when they will be replaced by more permanent buoys for the concrete canoe races to be held on Saturday, April 12. The temporary buoys are slightly submerged under the surface of the water so as not to completely disrupt the course of local fishers and other Canyon Lake park users. However, the students at SDSM& T ask that the public please not disturb the current placement of the buoys. Each buoy was placed through the use of survey equipment and a computerized map of the courses drawn up from the official rules of the Conference.
There are two separate courses currently laid out by the buoys. The first course, the distance course, starts on the Southwest portion of the lake off of the island, and continues around to the East. There are slalom buoys placed in the middle portion of the distance course on the South side of the lake. The second course is the sprint course. This course is placed on the Northeast corner of the lake by the observation deck. This is also the area where race headquarters will be set up on April 12.
All buoys will be removed upon the completion of the 1997 Rocky Mountain Regional Conference. The public is invited to attend the races as well as the other portions of the Regional Conference. Additional information regarding the events will be released as the events near. If there are any questions, please contact Kristen Andrews at SDSM& T department of University and Public Relations 394- 6081.
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