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Shovel races next weekend

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By The Staff

Most people never get to win an Olympic medal, but the next best thing is a world championship title. This year, anyone can compete for the coveted World Championship Shovel Racing title at Angel Fire Resort. Competitors of all ages are once again waxing up their snow shovels for the 37th annual Angel Fire Resort Shovel Race Championships, presented by Lowe’s Valley Market.
This year the resort is giving an open invitation for anyone who would like to try and be a world champion to come participate in the race. Racers from all over the country compete by sitting on the scoop of a standard aluminum snow shovel, handle pointed downhill, and then lift their hands and feet to allow gravity to take them for a ride.
Each rider gets two shots to clock the fastest time down the front of the Angel Fire ski mountain and top speeds regularly exceed 70 miles per hour. The practice session will be held Feb. 5, with the competition occurring Feb. 6.
Shovel racing began as a simple contest in the 1970s when lift operators would ride their shovels down the mountain at the end of their shifts.


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