UNR Mackay Muckers Mining Team to Host Mining Competition
The University of Nevada, Reno’s (UNR) Mackay Muckers mining team is preparing to welcome teams from around the world to the 41st Annual International Intercollegiate Mining Competition next spring. This exciting mining skills competition will be held at the Virginia City Arena & Fairgrounds during UNR’s Spring Break, March 20—March 23, 2019. The Mackay Muckers have invited teams from around the world to compete with them in Virginia City, “The Richest Place On Earth”. To become a sponsor or register a team, please contact Claire Roberts, Mackay Muckers President, at email@example.com or (530) 559-2278.
The mining competition began in 1978 and was dedicated to the 91 miners who died from smoke inhalation or carbon monoxide poisoning during an underground fire in the Sunshine Mine on May 2, 1972 in Idaho.
This past spring the mining competition was held at the King Edward Mine in Camborne, England. About 40 teams from around the world participated in the competition and the Mackay Muckers student team captured second place overall in the coed division. The Mackay Muckers are looking forward to hosting at least 40 teams and more than 200 competitors next year on the Comstock from England, India, Germany, Brazil, The Netherlands, Australia and throughout the U.S.
Joining the Mackay Mucker student team in England was the Mackay Mucker alumni team. This was the inaugural year for the alumni category and the alums from UNR still have “it” as they tied for fifth place overall. This grueling mining skills competition has four categories of teams: men, women, coed and alumni. Each team has five members plus one alternate.
Participants compete in seven different events which are: single jack drilling, a ten minute contest where all five team members drill for two minutes into a block of concrete with a hand steel and a four pound hammer; jackleg drilling, two members machine drill into concrete for the best depth; mucking, four members fill and tram an ore car for the best time by hand; swede saw, all five members hand saw through a 6”x 6” timber for the fastest total time; gold panning, all five members pan by hand for the fastest total time to recover lead pellets; surveying, two members survey for speed and accuracy with modern equipment and track stand, four competitors lay railroad ties and track for speed and accuracy.