The Great Cardboard Boat Race

Gather your Mates and Get in the Race!

The Great Cardboard Boat Race is the official launch event for Greater Longview United Way's annual fundraising efforts.  The event is meant to raise awareness, get people excited, celebrate the spirit of working together, and help increase workplace campaigns so that we can better advance the common good.

Boats are made entirely of cardboard and powered by two (or more) paddlers that race around Teague Park Pond.  Teams compete in heats for bragging rights, glory, and some pretty awesome trophies.
Each August, teams across the Greater Longview area answer the call of the open sea. With little or no experience, they build seaworthy crafts and set sail.  Some crews win.  Some crews sink. Everyone has a good time.

The Great Cardboard Boat Race will be back on September 7th! This year's theme is "Let the Good Times Row!"

Join our fleet! Sponsor this year's race or register a crew below!

Registration Fees

Team Registration: $200
Junior Division (12-17): $100

Race Details

  • Boats made entirely of cardboard and powered by two paddlers
  • Compete around Teague Park Pond for honor, glory, and awesome trophies

As part of our fleet, you will:

  • Have a boatload of fun
  • Compete in an amazing event
  • Receive five pieces of cardboard to get you started

The Commitment

  • Construct a boat from cardboard large enough for two passangers
  • Use human-powered oars or paddles (provided by you)
  • Participate in the entire event, including orientation, race, awards ceremony, and boat disposal

Learn more about the event and your commitment by reading the Official Rules and Boat-Building Guide.

Sign up today and be part of an unforgettable experience!

Sponsorship Levels

Commodore Sponsor - $1,000

  • Logo on Buoy 

  • Two Boat Entries (gratis)

  • Social Media Recognition

  • Logo featured on Event Page

Admiral Sponsor - $500

  • Logo on Banner and Event page

  • One Boat Entry (gratis)

  • Social Media Recognition

Captain Sponsor - $250

  • Name on Banner and Event page

  • 50 % Off Boat Entry

  • Social Media Recognition 

First Mate Sponsor - $100

  • Name on Banner

  • Social Media Recognition

Proceeds from the Great Cardboard Boat Race will benefit the 32 programs supported by GLUW. Contributions from companies like yours play a significant role in making this event a big success. We cannot do it without you!

If you have any questions feel free to contact Heather Stevenson at (903)758-0191 or

We look forward to you being a part of the Great Cardboard Boat Race!

Register online here. 

A printable version of our sponsorship form is available here and can be submitted to Heather Stevenson before August 16th.