Posted by admin | February 25, 2011 | No Comments » |
Meet Chiditarod: Chicago’s take on Alaska’s famous Iditarod sled race — one part food drive, one part costumed race, a heaping spoonful of creativity, and some serious servings of shenanigans. On March 5th, the city’s finest will gather to participate in the most important shopping cart race in the universe. Whether you own a Chicago luxury condo downtown, an apartment in Lincoln Square or perhaps just a sleeping bag and tent, you have been formally challenged to assemble your team and answer the call to glory.
The Chiditarod VI will take place on Saturday, March 5th, 2011 at 12:00 p.m.
A few rules of the road:
1. Teams must have 5 people
2. Must be at least 21 years of age
3. Carts must be pulled doggy-sled style (4 pulling with ropes in front, one person steering from behind)
4. “dogs” and “mushers” are free to trade off duties at the checkpoints, but all team members must finish together
5. No public or private transportation during the race
6. Carts can be decorated and modified, but must be able to fit through a regular front-door-sized opening
7. Costumes are highly encouraged
Though the Chiditarod provides teams with a day of extraordinary fun, what’s truly extraordinary about this event is what it gives back to the community. As part of the food drive, each team’s cart must cross the finish line with 42 lbs. of food or more. Be creative – hide food along the way or have your friends meet you with groceries in various locations. Remember: high-protein, non-perishable foods are highly preferred.
If you want to take it one step further, you and your team can set up a free fundraising page with GiveForward.org. The money you raise will automatically be donated to the Chicago Anti-Hunger Federation (and it’s tax-deductable!). Step-by-step instructions for setting up your page can be found online at chiditarod.org,
Last year 120 teams collected 14,525 pounds of food and raised $2,400 during this epic event. The race will take place no matter what: rain, shine, snow, ice, wind, etc. Be prepared for any type of potentially hostile weather and most importantly, prepare for your safety.
No matter how much fun we want you to have, there’s absolutely no fun in littering. There will be a $50 cart deposit fee via PayPal to ensure that all participants return their shopping carts instead of abandoning them in the city streets. Photographic evidence of your cart’s whereabouts can be mailed in to receive a full refund.
So, will you accept the challenge?