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Cardboard Derby


Cardboard Derby is one of Sipapu’s most talked-about Family Friendly Family Fun events. Build your own vessel using ONLY cardboard, duct tape, string or twine, and paint. Race yourself or your team down the mountain for your chance to win an amazing prize.

For inspiration to build your vessel, check out the Sipapu Cardboard Derby video.

$10 per vessel, collected on race day


Derby Divisions

Junior (ages 12 and under)
• Solo
• Team (up to 5 people)

Teen (ages 13-20)
• Solo
• Team (up to 5 people)

Adult (ages 21+)
• Solo
• Team (up to 5 people)

Cardboard Derby Rules

• The Objective: Successfully negotiate and complete the Cardboard Derby course with your vessel and all team members intact.
• All Cardboard Derby vessels must be constructed using ONLY these materials: cardboard, duct tape, string or twine and paint. The use of any other materials will result in disqualification.
• Each Cardboard Derby vessel may be assigned to ONE individual or team ONLY. Example: If the Smith family team registers their vessel, the Sipapu Cardboardominator, it may not be used again in another division, or by another individual/team.


• Individuals and teams are awarded points based on how close they hit the bull’s eye at the end of the course.
• The vessel with the most points wins.
• Prizes are also awarded for Most Creative, Best Construction and Costume(s).

Event Schedule

8:30 a.m. Day-of registration at Sipapu’s Base Area.
9:00 a.m. Individual and Team check-in. Vessel Inspection.
10:00 a.m. Mandatory participant meeting on the back patio of the Lodge.
10:30 a.m. 16th Annual Cardboard Derby start time.


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