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On Oct. 16, 97 Cub Scouts from seven area Cub Scout Packs competed in the Northern New Mexico District Pushmobile Race at White Rock LDS Church.
Pushmobile is a relay race similar to soapbox derby. Teams of six to 10 Cub Scouts push a car built by their Cub Scout pack. Each team is divided up so that two scouts start the race, with one steering and one pushing.
After they race the car 50 feet, another two scouts take over and guide the car for 50 feet to the next station, where the final group of two scouts take over.
The third relay group races 25 feet to a tight turnaround, which must be negotiated carefully to avoid turning over the car and returns to the station where they switch with the second group.
The scout who pushed in the group’s previous leg then steers to the last station where the original group takes over and races to the finish line.
Two teams race against each other in each heat. Each team runs three heats and awards are made based on the best times in the race, with each tam’s slowest time dropped.
Teamwork is extremely important just as in track relay races, as the winning team almost always has the smoothest changes when switching drivers and pushers.
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