2004-02-07 NPR's Scott Simon talks to "Shovelmeister" John Strader about the sport of shovel racing. Decades ago, workers who operated the ski lifts and maintained the trails at the Angel Fire Resort in New Mexico would race each other down the slopes on their shovels at the end of the night. A secret sport of sorts. But for the past 29 years the resort has openly embraced shovel racing, hosting the annual World Shovel Race Championships.
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NPR's Scott Simon talks to "Shovelmeister" John Strader about the sport of shovel racing. Decades ago, workers who operated the ski lifts and maintained the trails at the Angel Fire Resort in New Mexico would race each other down the slopes on their shovels at the end of the night. A secret sport of sorts. But for the past 29 years the resort has openly embraced shovel racing, hosting the annual World Shovel Race Championships.