Unconventional Athletes: Shovel Racers

January 30, 2019

Learn about shovel racing, a wild and high-speed winter sport, and what it has to do with CBD.

As the first company to create mainstream hemp-based CBD products, we appreciate the athletes out there who are compelled to strive for their own definitions of success. One might call you “unconventional” if you use CBD, which is why in our ongoing “Unconventional Athletes” series we’re highlighting athletes who compete in unique sports or uncommon athletic events.

Today we give a shout out to those who compete in shovel racing, an unconventional sport so wild it was removed as an event in the Winter X Games due to safety concerns.

What is Shovel Racing?

Shovel racing is an unconventional winter sport practiced throughout the United States. This wild and high-speed sport involves racing down a snowy hill while riding on a basic snow shovel. The shovel racer reclines on the shovel while facing the handle, legs extended out front as if riding on a luge. The winner is the rider who clocks the fastest time.

Shovel racers can clock some serious speed. Competitors will often wax up the underside of their snow shovels to go faster. Elite shovel racers can reach speeds of 60-70 miles per hour with only a thin sheet of aluminum between them and the snow.

It is thought that competitive shovel racing was born in New Mexico’s ski resorts in the 1970s. The story goes that ski resort workers used shovels as sleds to more quickly travel down the mountain at the end of their shifts. Naturally, they soon created a race.

Shovel racing got so popular in the mid-to-late ‘90s that it was even included as an event in the Winter X Games. Unfortunately, in 1997 a competing shovel racer crashed and suffered a serious injury, prompting the event’s elimination from the games. Even today, wipeouts are common.

Shovel Racing Wipeout

Still, shovel-racing competitions happen in the U.S. every year. The most prominent is the Angel Fire World Championship, which brings hundreds of spectators and daredevils out to Angel Fire Resort in Angel Fire, New Mexico. Adrenaline-seeking shovel riders of a wide range of ages, from students to retirees, partake in the event. The annual competition encourages self-expression and creativity, and some shovel racers respond by decorating their snow shovels with unique paint jobs.

What do you need to start shovel racing? First, you’ll want to find a 10- to 14-inch grain scoop shovel, available at most hardware stores. Next, pick up a quality ski helmet and snow goggles for protection. Mountaineering-type boots will help you dig into the snow when you’re ready to break. It’s also a good idea to pick up a quality pair of thick gloves to serve as a buffer between your hands and the ground.

Now you’re ready to try the wild, unconventional sport of shovel racing. Simply sit down in the scoop of the shovel with the handle between your knees and legs out in front of you. Recline back, lifting your feet up, and pull your hands in. Moments later you’ll be heading down the mountain.

Angel Fire Shovel Racing
Photo courtesy of “Angel Fire Resort”

An “Unconventional” Tool for Unconventional Athletes

Like shovel racing, taking CBD products is considered by many to be unconventional. All types of athletes, however, have already discovered how CBD can help them achieve higher feats of athletic achievement. Even some of the world’s best athletes have made CBD an integral part of their training regimen.

CBD is an all-natural cannabinoid found in cannabis plants, including hemp. After being absorbed, CBD interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system, a crucial self-regulatory network that keeps a wide array of functions balanced.

For athletes, a balanced body means better athletic performance and faster recovery. By stimulating the endocannabinoid system, CBD encourages it to keep your body and its functions running at their best.

When made from hemp, CBD products are legal are non-intoxicating. That means that whether you’re flying down the hill on a shovel at high speeds on partaking in a more traditional sport like basketball, taking CBD won’t adversely influence your coordination or reaction time.

Dixie Botanicals® offers an array of CBD products designed for unconventional athletes like you. Choose between products like CBD tinctures, CBD vape oil, CBD isolate, CBD edibles, CBD capsules, and CBD topicals.

Learn more about how supporting your training with CBD can encourage better athletic performance through our blog, or get started with CBD products today through the HempMeds® online store.

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