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Posted: January 20, 2014

Toboggan dreams: Register for the Toboggan National Championships. Before it’s too late.

Written by: Shannon Bryan

There might be toboggan chutes in other states. Heck, the Midwestern suburban town of my youth had one adjacent to the retirement community duck pond. The wooden chute was a winter destination. And it may or may not have been built on an old landfill.

But do you know what isn’t in other states? The US National Toboggan Championships, where people dress up like British royalty or superheros and come up with pun-related team names just to fly down the Camden Snow Bowl’s 400-foot toboggan chute in front of hundreds of spectators in hopes of taking the top spot – or at least have a good time tryin’.

Yea, that honor belongs to Maine. Camden, specifically.

The 2014 US National Toboggan Championships are coming up on Feb 7, 8 and 9, and registration for the event closes on Sunday. That means your toboggan dreams can be fulfilled, but you need to get on it.

The two-person and three-person divisions have already filled up, but the four-person division still has openings. So get a team together now – preferably people you don’t mind wrapping your legs around. And sign up: 

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