Cardboard Sled RaceTime to flex your recycling muscles! Gather your supplies and test your hand at creating an amazing cardboard sled. There are sled races and a contest for the most creative sled. Registration begins at 9:30 am in the warming house with races starting at 10:00 am. Pre-registration is not required.

Due to weather, Cardboard Sled Race is postponed until Saturday, January 25.

Event Rules:

  • Speed races are held in the following classes with awards presented to the first three participants that cross the finish line
    • Class 1: Age 10 and under
    • Class 2: Ages 11-17
    • Class 3: Ages 18+ 
  • Participants may also choose to enter their sled in the contest for Best Design which is judged by an assembled panel prior to any speed races. Entries should be on-site and registered by 9:45 am.
  • The Class 1 race begins at 10:00 am with each subsequent race taking place at the completion of the prior class. All racers are encouraged to be present for all races to ensure you do not miss your slot.
  • Awards are presented at the completion of all races.
  • Registration for the Cardboard Sled Race is held on-site the day of the event beginning at 9:30 am.
  • Teams should create their sled prior to the event and bring it with them. There are not available materials on-site.
  • Sleds must be free of sharp edges, pointy objects, or any other object deemed to be dangerous.
  • Only corrugated cardboard, tape, and glue may be used to construct your sled. The following materials are not allowed:
    • corrugated plastics or other corrugated materials; non-corrugated cardboard (such as carpet tubes); cardboard that is bonded to other materials; epoxy reinforced cardboard; or any other cardboard that raises concern.
    • Tar-based substances; epoxy glue; fiberglass resin; two-part varnishes or any other two-part substances; or glues that harden into solids that may be deemed dangerous or may potentially leave hazardous debris on the hill.
    • Screws or any sort of material; mechanical fasteners; nails; staples; or any other means of holding your sled together that may be deemed dangerous or may potentially leave hazardous debris on the hill.
    • If there are any doubts, don’t use it.
  • Only seems and joints may be taped, not the whole sled. Your sled may not be wrapped in plastic, tape, shrink wrap, or anything other materials.
  • You must be able to stop your sled. You may be asked to explain/demonstrate this at the time of your inspection.

Day of event

  • Team costumes are encouraged! Remember to dress for the weather.
  • Teams should report to the warming house between 9:30-10:00 am for registration. Entries in the Best Design category should be registered by 9:45 am.
  • The Best Design winners are awarded by a panel of judges and their decision is final.
  • Each class race is a shotgun start where all racers beginning at the same time. The first three racers to cross the finish line as determined by the referee are declared the winners.
  • You must be in or on your sled (not chasing it or being chased by it) when you cross the finish line.
  • Racers are given a 5-minute warning prior to the start of their class race.
  • Awards are presented at the completion of the final class race.

Cardboard Sled Race is presented by:





Looking for a fun way to get involved but don't want to build a sled?  We are looking for energetic volunteers to help the day be a success!  Sign up here.

This event is an official part of Frostival, a community-wide celebration of how the Fargo-Moorhead Community makes cold cool. For more information regarding the event and a complete listing of events, visit

Official Event of Frostival