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Iowa Electrathon car races at UNI<br>

September 12, 2002

Patricia Higby, program assistant, Center for Energy and Environmental Education, (319) 273-6012
Gwenne Culpepper, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The annual Alliant Energy Iowa Electrathon Race will be Saturday, Sept. 21, at the University of Northern Iowa's B parking lot across University Avenue from Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center.

This electric car endurance contest promotes energy efficiency and demonstrates the viability of cars powered by electricity. Approximately one dozen teams from Iowa high schools designed and built one-person electric cars that will compete in heats at 11 a.m., 12:45 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Each team also must raise funds, obtain donated equipment, handle public relations and report on their progress monthly. Schools with teams in the race are: Bayfield Schools, Cedar Rapids Kennedy, Cedar Rapids Prairie, Forest City High School, Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn High School, Hubbard-Radcliffe High School, Jefferson-Scranton, Jesup Community Schools, Marcus-Meridan-Cleghorn, Muscatine, North Platte High School, Norwalk Community School District, Perry High School, Pomeroy-Palmer, Real World Education in Waverly, Sioux Central Community School, St. Ansgar, St. Thomas Academy, and Waukee.

The event is sponsored by Alliant Energy, the UNI Center for Energy and Environmental Education, the UNI Industrial Technology Center, and the Iowa Renewable Energy Association (I-RENEW).