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Long Cane hosts Goblin race

By KEVIN ECKLEBERRY

Daily News

Teams from different elementary schools in Troup County were a part of the first-ever Goblin race in Georgia last weekend at Long Cane Middle School.

The Formula Goblin project is designed specifically for elementary schools, giving them a chance to be a part of Greenpower USA racing.

Teams receive a kit and build their own electric cars, and they put them to the test during races.

During the event at Long Cane, which was a scrimmage race where no points were awarded, the teams gave a presentation in the morning before hitting the track.

Teams representing Rosemont Elementary School, Lafayette Christian, Long Cane Elementary School and LaGrange Academy took part in the event.

Rosemont’s team, the Hybrid Hawks, are second in the country in the Formula Goblin standings, trailing only a team from Huntsville, Ala.

Troup County will host an official Goblin race on March 28 at Long Cane Middle School, and it’ll be called the Spring Fever Goblin Rally

Teams from Troup County, Huntsville, Chattanooga, Tenn., and Deltona, Fla. are already signed up, and more than 20 teams are expected to participate.

Chip Giles, who oversees the Greenpower program in Troup County, was thrilled with how everything went last weekend.

“This was the first Greenpower Goblin race in Georgia,” Giles said. “All teams competed well and had a great time. Additionally, they learned where they were in their team development and now know what to do next.

“The parent support was tremendous. I can’t wait for the big Goblin race at Long Cane Middle School on March 28. I encourage everyone to bring their folding chairs and come have a great time.”

On Feb. 29 at LaGrange, the second Diverse Power Grand Prix will be held, with middle-school teams competing for the top prize.

Long Cane Middle School, which won a national championship last year and won the first Diverse Power Grand Prix, will compete, as will Gardner Newman Middle School.