The Caravaners Rock the Climb

rock-climb-07The Caravaners make it over the rock to win esteemed Rock Climb Trophy

WINNIPEG, MB – Students, faculty, staff and alumni gathered today on the front lawn of UWinnipeg for the annual rock climb. Eleven teams of three hurled themselves over the infamous The Rock of Remembrance, a 25-ton granite boulder that rests on the UWinnipeg’s front lawn. This annual test of physical endurance and ingenuity began in 1972.

The climb took place on the newly landscaped front lawn as part of The University of Winnipeg’s 40th Anniversary Homecoming & Reunion celebrations taking place this weekend until Sun. Sept 16, 2007.

The team to get all three members to the rock’s summit in the fastest time was The Caravaners, consisting of members Ian Scott, Drew Hawranick and Alex Edge. The trio earned the Great Rock Climb Trophy. The Caravaners ran and hurled themselves down the 50.3 metres from the steps of Wesley Hall to the top of the Great Rock in 15.8 seconds. However, this time was unable to beat the record set by a team in 1979 of only 9.8 seconds.

The top three teams received cash prizes, provided generously by President Emeritus Dr. Henry E. Duckworth, the founder of the event.

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Naniece Ibrahim, Communications Officer, University of Winnipeg
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