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Shovel Racers Rocket Down Ski Slope

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 09:47 PM CDT
It's got to be one of the strangest things you'll see racing down a mountain.

This weekend snow shovels slid up to 70 miles per hour down a 1,500-foot race course in New Mexico.

The craze started in the 1970s.  Ski lift workers started the sports when they were fixing divots on the ski slope.

Shovel racing even made a brief appearance in the Winter X Games in 1997.  Simple snow shovels had evolved to racing machines with roll cages and hydraulic braking systems.  But John "Shovelmeister" Strader was seriously injured when he broke his jaw, leg and back in three places in his wipeout. 

Only traditional metal grained shovels were allowed this year’s “World Championship."Shovel Racers Rocket Down Ski Slope


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