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Cardboard derby '14 highlights good times at SnoFest

KEYSTONE, Colo. - Cameron and James Rybar, sons of Lt. Cmdr. Aaron Rybar, U.S. Navy, sit in a model E-2C Hawkeye just before the SnoFest Cardboard Derby on Discovery Slope at Keystone Mountain Jan. 25. The Rybar family competed against nine other craft in the family division. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jacob Morgan)

KEYSTONE, Colo. - Cameron and James Rybar, sons of Lt. Cmdr. Aaron Rybar, U.S. Navy, sit in a model E-2C Hawkeye just before the SnoFest Cardboard Derby on Discovery Slope at Keystone Mountain Jan. 25. The Rybar family competed against nine other craft in the family division. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jacob Morgan)

KEYSTONE, Colo. – Minion, from Fort Carson, slides down the Discovery Slope on Keystone Mountain during the SnoFest Cardboard Derby Jan. 25. Minion won the Biggest Crowd Pleaser Youth division after the contest. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jacob Morgan)

KEYSTONE, Colo. – Minion, from Fort Carson, slides down the Discovery Slope on Keystone Mountain during the SnoFest Cardboard Derby Jan. 25. Minion won the Biggest Crowd Pleaser Youth division after the contest. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jacob Morgan)

KEYSTONE, Colo. Lt. Col. Jason Terry, 52nd Airlift Squadron commander, dressed as Darth Vader, and his family prepare to slide down Discovery Slope of Keystone Mountain during the SnoFest Cardboard Derby Jan. 25. The Terry family competed in the family division against nine other craft and won the most creative trophy. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jacob Morgan)

KEYSTONE, Colo. Lt. Col. Jason Terry, 52nd Airlift Squadron commander, dressed as Darth Vader, and his family prepare to slide down Discovery Slope of Keystone Mountain during the SnoFest Cardboard Derby Jan. 25. The Terry family competed in the family division against nine other craft and won the most creative trophy. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jacob Morgan)

KEYSTONE, Colo. - Steven Sarandos, 50th Force Support Squadron commercial sponsorship coordinator, goes down the Discovery slope at Keystone Mountain during the SnoFest Cardboard Derby Jan. 25.  Almost 30 teams registered and competed in the derby, the fastest team cruised down the 75 yard slope in just longer than seven seconds. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jacob Morgan)

KEYSTONE, Colo. - Steven Sarandos, 50th Force Support Squadron commercial sponsorship coordinator, goes down the Discovery slope at Keystone Mountain during the SnoFest Cardboard Derby Jan. 25. Almost 30 teams registered and competed in the derby, the fastest team cruised down the 75 yard slope in just longer than seven seconds. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jacob Morgan)

KEYSTONE, Colo. -- Nearly 30 teams with home-built cardboard sleds daringly dove down the slopes of Keystone Mountain Jan. 25, trying to be the fastest to reach the bottom of a 75-yard track.

The race was part of SnoFest, held annually at Keystone. Contestants came from Front Range bases including F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo., Peterson AFB, Buckley AFB, Schriever AFB, the U.S. Air Force Academy and Fort Carson.

While some sleds were simple, others were complex, ranging from mini aircraft carriers and an E-2C Hawkeye to a rectangular prism strapped together with duct tape and a mat made from duct tape. Some crafts reached the bottom so quickly spectators could barely see them and others had to be pushed down as they dug into the snow. The event was ultimately a success said Bill Coble, 10th Force Support Squadron outdoor adventure programmer.

"People put a lot of effort into their craft this year and the weather was great," said Coble. "Everyone had a great time."

Lt. Col. Jason Terry, 52nd Airlift Squadron commander, said safety was a concern but he still managed to fit two children, his wife, and himself - all dressed as Star Wars characters - into a mini X-wing fighter.

Lightsaber intact, Terry managed to carry home the Most Creative trophy for the family.

Seven other awards were handed out during the cardboard derby in five categories: Most Creative Youth, Fastest Youth, Fastest Family, Fastest Individual, Fastest Group, Biggest Crowd Pleaser Group, and Biggest Crowd Pleaser Youth.

Winners included:
Most Creative - Combat Roos, 52nd AS, Peterson AFB
Most Creative Youth - Silly Sardines, Schriever AFB
Fastest Youth - USS SnoFest, Buckley AFB, with a time of 7.50 seconds
Fastest Family - Discovery Crew, Space and Missile Systems Center, with a time of 10.11 seconds
Fastest Individual - Smurf, Peterson AFB, with a time of 13.53 seconds
Fastest Group - Fibonacci Falcons, U.S. Air Force Academy, with a time of 11.94 seconds
Biggest Crowd Pleaser - Winning Banana, Buckley AFB
Biggest Crowd Pleaser Youth - Minion, Fort Carson

With the 2014 cardboard derby representing some fast and creative craft, plans to upgrade the competition are in the works for 2015.

"SnoFest participants [should] keep an eye out for some new developments next year," said Coble. "We are looking at having a lot more family activities and possibly some new events on the mountain in 2015."

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