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Saturday March 7th12:00pm
Wicker Park, Ukrainian Village

The 10th Annual Chiditarod is March 7th. Get Those Shopping Carts Ready.

Holy clowns and shopping carts! If you've lived in the neighborhood for a while, then you're very familiar with Chiditarod; the day the streets are packed with ghostbusters, clowns, elves and more all running down the sidewalks pushing their shopping carts filled with food. You know you want to participate and help a great cause in the process so get those teams ready for the most fun food drive in Chicago.

What is it?

Now in its 10th year, the Chicago Urban Iditarod, affectionately known as the Chiditarod, is an annual shopping cart race through the Wicker Park and Ukrainian Village Chicago neighborhoods. The date of the event was chosen to coincide with the kickoff of the Alaskan Iditarod. There are some basic similarities between the races, but there is plenty more whimsy involved in this urban setting. Instead of sleds, they use shopping carts. Instead of dogs, they have teams of five humans: four pullers and one musher, all in costumes they have designed for themselves and their cart.

Also, each team is required to start with their cart full of food for donation including 65 pounds of non-perishable products. The event draws  together 800+ people, both participants and spectators, and has collected more than 68,000 pounds** of food and more than $40,000 in direct donations since its 2006 inception.

When is it?

The race is always on the first Saturday in March. This year, it will take place on Saturday, March 7th, 2015. Pre-registration is required. Online registration is open from January 15th until two weeks prior to the race. Registration is limited to 150 teams, and the earlier you register, the cheaper your registration fee! The race begins at 12:30 pm sharp.

Phyllis's Musical Inn has been participating every year for the past 10 years -1800 W. Division Street- Wicker Park.

Why should you participate?

Whether you’re coming as a racer, a volunteer, or a spectator, this is the most fun way to spend a wintry Saturday in March! The Chiditarod unites many Chicago communities including cyclists, artists, activists, students, children, adults, business folk, and everyone in-between. Join us as we give mad respect to the diverse people who come together to participate and create this most EPIC event!

Creativity is another essential ingredient for this event. In the past, trophies and prizes have been awarded for Best Art Cart, Most Epic Fundraiser, Most Food and Best Bribe to name just a few. We’ve been told that that the pageantry of participating and/or watching the Chiditarod is unrivaled!

At the end of the day, we are a charitable event, helping Chicago communities that are in need of immediate hunger relief and sustainable food empowerment. We lay claim to being “Probably the World's Largest Mobile Food Drive” as our philanthropic efforts help address urban food and hunger challenges by partnering with food pantries and urban farming and food education organizations. In 2014, they smashed their prior food drive record for food collected for the Greater Chicago Food Depository, a partnership that they are excited to continue.

Prepare for a huge dose of EPIC, all they ask of you in return is to BE EPIC and bring at least 65 lbs of non-perishable to be collected at the race. The latest information, rules, prize categories, spectator information, fundraising opportunities, racer and volunteer registration can all be found on the Chiditarod website: http://www.chiditarod.org.

One part food drive, one part pub-crawl, one part insane costumed shopping cart race, all parts RADTACULAR. 

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