It takes a special kind of thrill seeker to hop on an aluminum snow shovel and fly down a snowy hillside. But that's what 185 competitors of all ages did in the 40th annual Angel Fire Resort World …
It takes a special kind of thrill seeker to hop on an aluminum snow shovel and fly down a snowy hillside. But that's what 185 competitors of all ages did in the 40th annual Angel Fire Resort World Championship Snow Shovel Races.
Hundreds of spectators turned out to watch the racers mount the shovels, point the handles downhill, lift their hands and feet, and see who could clock the fastest times to the finish. Each rider had two shots to clock the fastest time down the front of the Angel Fire ski mountain with top speeds exceeding 60 miles per hour.
"Shovel racing began as a simple contest here in the 1970s when our lift operators would ride their shovels down the mountain at the end of their shifts. We are now celebrating our 40th year of this competition," said Ruth Worden, marketing manager at Angel Fire Resort. "It has since grown into a crazy competition on the mountain that includes speed suits, costumes and radar guns. No year is ever the same, as competitors always try and outdo each other every season."
The winners of some of this year's categories were -
Men's Category: Justin Gonzales clocked over 64 mph and did the course in 13.9 seconds.
Women's Category: Nadia Gonzales clocked just over 64 mph and finished in 14 seconds.
Women in Media Category: Brittany Costello, from KOB TV in Albuquerque, clocked speeds at over 46 mph and finished in 14.3 seconds.
Men in Media Category: Daniel Trujillo from KRQE TV in Albuquerque, clocked speeds at over 45 mph and finished in 14.9 seconds.
- Staff report
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