The BetonKanoRace (BKR) or ConcreteCanoeRace (CCR) is an annual event in The Netherlands where students of building and civil engineering from different educational institutions come together to compete on an international level. This unique event saw its first occurance in The Netherlands in 1977 and consists of multiple races using self-crafted canoes made of concrete. Students apply that which they learn during their study programme and show that concrete is more versatile than regular applications in foundations, floors and beams. The canoes have to comply with rules set in this year’s competition regulations. Though it might seem impossible at first, concrete canoes can float if they are just the right mix of light, strong and stable. It’s an event at which education, innovation, social relations and sports come together. Quoting: “Combining sheer power with ingenious ideas”.

Races will be held at different distances: 50, 100 and 200 meters for men, women and mixed groups, which means there are 9 prizes up for grabs for the fastest teams. Next to that, prizes will be handed out to the teams with the most innovative canoe, most sustainable canoe, heaviest canoe and lightest canoe, as well as to the most unfortunate team.

The BetonKanoRace 2024 will be held from 10 till 12 May in Enschede. The organisation is under the care of the BKR committee of ConcepT, the study association for Civil Engineering at the University of Twente.

Are you interested in participating? Check out the registration page!


The initiator of the BKR is the Betonvereniging, the knowledge network for anything regarding concrete construction. Since its founding in 1927, the Betonvereniging links municipalities, constructors, advisors, and knowledge institutes. A network with professionals on all possible levels, with the goal of passing on knowledge.

This year’s event will be organized by: ConcepT