More than 100 teams are gearing up for this year's human-powered vehicle challenge in Maryborough.
More than 100 teams are gearing up for this year's human-powered vehicle challenge in Maryborough. Contributed

Endurance race a test of mental and physical strength

TWO thousand students from across Queensland will flood the Maryborough central business district on September 14-15 to test their limits in the annual 24-hour endurance race.

More than 120 schools will fight for honours in a variety of events at the RACQ Technology Challenge including human-powered vehicles, pushcarts, CO2 dragsters and solar boats and cars.

RACQ event co-ordinator David Contarini said the human-powered vehicle contest was a one-of-a-kind event that tested both physical and mental strength.

"They have to push themselves day and night around the 1.4km track that winds through the streets of Maryborough's CBD," he said.

Mr Contarini said the 2000 students competing at the challenge had trained intensively for months in the lead-up to the event.

"Teams not only design, construct and test the vehicles themselves but they also undergo rigorous training to ensure they have the physical endurance," he said.

"The event demands a lot and each team's focus is different.

"For some of the teams this event is about the physicality, for others it's the engineering of the bikes, while some are more interested in the team-building aspect."

RACQ's free2go youth membership team will provide a chill-out zone for competitors with interactive games and prizes, pop-up photo booths, food and refreshments.

Free RACQ membership will also be on offer to eligible students.

For more information about the RACQ Technology Challenge, visit www.technologychallenge.com.au.



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