Beaver County’s 55th Annual Snow Shovel Race Championship at Old Economy Park

According to a press release on the event, “The rules are simple: Sit or lay on a shovel, then push off from starting line and remain on the shovel while sliding down the 165’ hill to the finish line.” It also says each contestant gets two timed runs downhill, except in the modified class which only gets one run.

Thomas Allen, 14, from Brighton, propels himself over the finish line on his shovel at Beaver County’s 55th Annual Snow Shovel Race on Saturday, Jan 20, 2018 at Old Economy Park in Baden. His colorful headgear was given to him as a gift from his sister who purchased it in Ecuador. (Haley Nelson/Post-Gazette)
After a slow start, a few barrel rolls, and a jog down the hill, Thomas Allen, 14, from Brighton, leaps over the finish line with his shovel at Beaver County’s 55th Annual Snow Shovel Race on Saturday, Jan 20, 2018 at Old Economy Park in Baden. (Haley Nelson/Post-Gazette)
After a slow start, a few barrel rolls, and a jog down the hill, Thomas Allen, 14, from Brighton, leaps over the finish line with his shovel at Beaver County’s 55th Annual Snow Shovel Race on Saturday, Jan 20, 2018 at Old Economy Park in Baden. (Haley Nelson/Post-Gazette)
David Gladman, from Economy, tries to find his balance on his shovel at Beaver County’s 55th Annual Snow Shovel Race on Saturday, Jan 20, 2018 at Old Economy Park in Baden. (Haley Nelson/Post-Gazette)
Mareah Bobak, 16, from Economy, tumbles off of her snow shovel after nearly colliding with a cone at Beaver County’s 55th Annual Snow Shovel Race on Saturday, Jan 20, 2018 at Old Economy Park in Baden. (Haley Nelson/Post-Gazette)
Jason Kwiatanowski, from Ambridge, tries to steer his modified snow shovel to the finish line at Beaver County’s 55th Annual Snow Shovel Race on Saturday, Jan 20, 2018 at Old Economy Park in Baden. Kwiatanowski said he used to be an engineer and in his spare time he cobbled together his device with a pedal buggy, two skateboards, and half of a shovel. (Haley Nelson/Post-Gazette)
Jim Neese, from Marshall Township, bounces past the finish line at Beaver County’s 55th Annual Snow Shovel Race on Saturday, Jan 20, 2018 at Old Economy Park in Baden. Neese has been participating in the race for about 30 years. (Haley Nelson/Post-Gazette)