Dozens compete in snow shovel race

Posted: Feb 07, 2018 10:33 AM Updated:

When you think of shovels and snow, you probably envision clean up of some kind. But contestants in New Mexico combine the two for the Championship Shovel Races.

At the 39th annual Angel Fire World Championship Shovel Race competitors sat on the scoop of a standard aluminum snow shovel with the handle pointed downhill.

When they lift their hands and feet, gravity takes them for a ride at speed up to 60 miles an hour.

Each rider gets two shots to clock the fastest time down the front of the Angel Fire ski mountain.

Shovel racing began as a simple contest in the 1970s when ski lift operators would ride their shovels down the mountain at the end of their shifts.

The former task grew to become a features sport during the early years of the Winter X Games.

This year more than 100 men, women, and children competed for the title.

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