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National Toboggan Championships Begin

Camden, Maine is about to go down the chute

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    National Toboggan Championships Begin
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    Todd Hess and his daughter Livia ride a toboggan in the Plaza Midwood neighborhood January 10, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

    Camden, Maine, is about to go down the chute.

    The U.S. National Toboggan Championships are getting underway Friday in this coastal Maine town, where 6,000 to 10,000 people are expected to attend.

    The 25th annual event invites participants to ride traditional wooden toboggans down a 400-foot chute at speeds that top 40 mph. Organizers say 425 teams from all over the U.S. and Canada are set to participate.

    Other events include food, music, skiing and the "Down the Chute Beer & Wine Challenge." The event continues on Saturday and ends on Sunday.

    The contest has competitions for two-, three- and four-person teams. Last year's winners were all from Maine and were called Two Wingnuts, Absolute Zeros and Instigator.

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