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Lawnmowers on Ice

Finland’s hot new sport is lawnmower racing -on ice! It only makes sense, because there’s plenty of ice in Finland, and the lawnmowers are busy cutting grass when the ice is gone. The city of Jarvenpaa recently hosted an international race.

The object of the sport is to ride a lawn mower and accumulate as many laps as possible around a 1968-foot track in three hours, which isn’t always easy, according to British racer Jason Huskinson, especially since race organizers add water on top of the snow and let it freeze to make the surface even more slippery.

“It’s really bumpy. I’m really tired out. Brilliant,” Huskinson told Reuters reporter Ellie Park.

Since the mowers reach speeds of 30 mph, fellow racer Mark Botts says the secret to succeeding is giving up any claims to sanity.

“You have to be crazy to do this,” he told Park.

The Estonian team won by completing 136 laps. Link

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February 29th, 2012

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