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The U.S. National Toboggan champions crowned

Record setting crowds cheered on the more than 420 teams in the 2-, 3- and 4-person divisions where there were some close races.


CAMDEN, Maine (Feb. 11, 2014) – From the Down the Chute Beer & Wine Challenge and early racing action Friday afternoon to the crowning of the Toboggan Champions on Sunday, fun was had by the record-setting crowd of more than 9,000 spectators and racers at the 24th annual U.S. National Toboggan Championships, held Feb. 7-9 at the Camden Snow Bowl.
Teams earning First Place bragging rights included the Two Wingnuts team in the 2-person divisionAbsolute Zeros in the 3-person andInstigator in the 4-person. (See below for a full listing of winners and times.) A number of special categories were also awarded, including Oldest Team, Fastest Kid’s Team and Fastest High School Team, among others.
Friday’s turnout was the largest ever for team registration, toboggan inspections and practice runs. The chute was also open all day to the public, and many took the opportunity to hop on a toboggan and see what it's like. New this year, races kicked off Friday afternoon with about 60 2- and 3-person teams taking their first runs.
The sold-out toboggan racing event boasted more than 420 teams sliding down the 400-foot-long ice-filled wooden chute, at top speeds of nearly 40 mph. Four teams were able to break the 8.8 second mark, including Instigator with the fastest run of the weekend (8.73), followed by Section 8 with an 8.75, Uni Toe Camel Tard with an 8.76 and Nuts and BOLT with an 8.79.
Tobboganville Saturday was packed with vendors, team encampments, sponsors and previous winners showing off their awards. When they weren’t watching racers, attendees enjoyed the weekend’s gorgeous winter weather with a bonfire, a kids' bouncy house on the ice and a mechanical bull to ride.
“This year’s turnout included many new racers and spectators. Some were already making plans to build their own toboggans for next year’s 25thAnniversary Championships,” said Committee Chairman Holly S. Edwards. “Everyone seemed to leave satisfied with broad smiles, souvenirs in hand and hooked on the game of toboggan racing.”
Also new this year, the costume contest parade was a huge success with background music by the Planet Pan steel drum band from George Stevens Academy of Blue Hill. Judged by the five members of the Camden Select Board, the Double Dutch team was awarded First Place.
“Funds raised through this event will benefit the municipally owned and operated Camden Snow Bowl's operating budget,” said Edwards. “The Toboggan National committee is looking forward to a short break, but then work to plan for the 25th annual U.S. National Toboggan Championships (Feb. 6-8, 2015) will get underway in earnest. We will also be working with the Camden Winterfest Committee downtown to take next steps toward fostering a true Winterfest Week, furthering work toward connecting the Camden Library and Harbor Park's community winter festival with Toboggan Nationals."
2014 U.S. Toboggan National Championships
4-Person division
(BQT = Best qualifying time for the tie breaker)
First - #322 Instigator – 8.8, 8.84, 17.64
Second - #232 BOLT 5 – 8.87, 8.81, 17.68 (BQT 8.80)
Third - #310 Not All There – 8.85, 8.83, 17.68 (BQT 8.85)
3-Person division
(BQT = Best qualifying time for the tie breaker)
First - #137 Absolute Zeros – 8.91, 8.9, 17.81 (BQT 8.81)
Second - #151 BOLT 8 – 8.92, 8.89, 17.81 (BQT 8.82)
Third - #147 Kennebec Ash Waxers – 8.89, 8.93, 17.82
2-Person division
First - #5 Two Wingnuts – 8.0, 8.9, 17.78
Second - #1 BOLT Resolute – 9, 8.95, 17.95
Third - #2 Spurdrunner 2 – 8.98, 9.05, 18.03
Special awards were also handed out Sunday:
Fastest Female Team
#280 Fastest Ash on Ice – 8.95
Fastest Kid’s Team
#273 Rockport Rockets – 9.17
Fastest High School Team
#101 Deedles 3 – 8.96
Fastest College Team
#210 Bolt #1 (Virginia Wesleyan) – 8.8
Best Crafted Toboggan
#306 4 LO (Don Ritchie)
#48 Two Pounds – average age 71.5
Best Costume
First Place - #43 Double Dutch
Second Place - #407 Snow Rebel IPA
You may view and purchase photographs from the gallery by logging in with Toboggan 2014 and 6702. For information on next year’s U.S. National Toboggan Championships (Feb. 6-8, 2015) visit Next year’s championships will mark the 25th year of festivities and organizers are taking the next steps toward fostering a true Winterfest WEEK. Stay tuned on dates for 2015, as registration is expected to sell out quickly. For more information and questions, email Holly Edwards at