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Rolling and rocking into a new semester

Posted on: September 8, 2017

tricycle race 2017
Students were welcomed back to campus this year with the two friendly competitions designed to kick off the Fall Term and celebrate UWinnipeg's 50th anniversary.

First up was an event that hadn't taken place since the 1970s: The Great Tricycle Race! Twenty-five students and staff members pedalled their heart out in the revival of this classic contest on September 6, 2017. Racers competed in five heats that tested stamina as well as childhood muscle memory.

The top spot went to Joshua Genman, who attributed his win to riding the tricycle he borrowed from his little sister. Daniel Bauer and Tyler Trautwein took second and third place, respectively. All of the tricycles used in the race were supplied by The WRENCH.

The week of orientation fun was capped off on Friday, September 8, with the 46th annual Duckworth Great Rock Climb. A large crowd of onlookers gathered on the Front Lawn to find out which of the 13 teams would conquer the rock.

The teams of three took turns racing from the steps of Wesley Hall and scaling the 25-ton granite boulder that sits next to Portage Avenue.

Former UWinnipeg president Dr. Henry Duckworth commissioned the installation of the rock in 1971 to commemorate the centenary of the opening of Manitoba College, one of the University’s founding colleges. The record time of 9.4 seconds was set in 1979 by three Collegiate students.

This year, the Wesmen Men's Basketball Team took home the top prize with a time of 31 seconds. "Team Westwood" came in second at 33 seconds and "Team Dwayne Johnson" placed in third with a time of 39 seconds.

Click through the album above for photos from the tricycle race and the rock climb.

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