Chicago, Thursday, March 1, 2012. Everyone knows about Alaska’s Iditarod where teams of dogs pull sleds across the tundra. In the last decade or so Iditarod copycats have been rearing their ugly heads in the name of fun and charity across the nation. New York has its Idiotard (note the first 5 letters) (est. 2003), San Francisco established their Urban Iditaron back in the last century (1994) while a growing number of others are cropping up each year from Washington D.C. to Portland, Oregon.
These Iditarod wannabe races consist of teams of four people each often in outrageous costumes substituting for the dogs. They are attached by ropes to shopping carts led by a musher. The object is for spectators to help fill the shopping carts with food (last year an amazing 19,087 lbs.)—that will be distributed to the needy.
Spectators are invited to Chicago’s OWN Seventh Annual Chiditarod (ʃai*dit’*ə*rɒd) this Saturday, March 3rd and asked to bring packaged or canned foods to donate. The starting horn sounds at noon at Wollcot and Hubbard (1900 W. Hubbard). The race and the fun continues its way winding through the Wicker Park, Ukrainian Village and Bucktown neighborhoods. All and all it’s a good time for a good cause–since 2006, 45,000 pounds of food has been collected for the Greater Chicago Food Depository…thank you very mush.
Entries will be judged on:
Best art cart
Most pathetic display
Best in Food…and more.
Where should I watch the race?
The race will follow a course inside these boundaries:
• North Avenue on the North
• Lake St. on the South
• Kennedy Expressway on the East
• Oakley Avenue on the West