A Fun Way to Canoe

Unlike professional canoers, these folks have to make their own canoes.

Each team gets two cardboard boxes and a roll of tape.

They have only 40 minutes to build a canoe. Then, they must paddle it across a lake.

Seventeen teams from around Japan are competing.

People in the town of Sakaide created the event to highlight the fun of canoeing in a nearby lake.

Even the mayor joined in, but he didn't have much luck.

He says it was over in a flash. He says the most difficult part is just getting in.

The mayor says he wants more people to start canoeing.

Most of the participants had never even been in a canoe, not to mention a cardboard one.

In the end, only four teams made it the full distance, but that didn't stop them from having a blast.

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