Snow Shovel Race Hits 60 MPH Speeds

Contestants in New Mexico are combining shovels and snow to compete in the annual snow 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 speeds up to 60 miles-per-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 featured sport during the early years of the Winter X Games. This year, more than 100 men, women and children competed for the title. Source: Inside Edition

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