It’s not too late to prep for Chiditarod

It’s not too late to prep for Chiditarod
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We’re only a week away, but it’s never too early to get ready for the best charity event that this city has to offer: get your shopping carts ready, Chiditarod VII is being held on March 3. I’m not kidding, even if you’re not participating you need to get ready… these people are insane.

You know what the Iditarod is, right? Me neither. But I do know that Chiditarod is a bunch of us mushing tricked-out shopping carts around the city in a mad race that makes almost zero sense. It’s all for a good cause, but for me the highlight is the chance to win unfathomably awesome prizes in a huge variety of wacky categories:


  • 1st place
  • 2nd place
  • 3rd place
  • Best in show
  • Best in food
  • Spirit of Chiditarod
  • Best art cart
  • Best sabotage
  • Best karaoke of champions
  • Best chaiku
  • Best cheerditarod bring it on
  • Best pole dance
  • Worst fashion
  • Most pathetic display
  • Dead fucking last
  • Great team fun concept
  • Best air cannon
  • Best mustache wax
  • Most testosterone
  • Best finish

And many more that are even stupider…!

Do I need to mention that there are parties before, during, and after the race? Probably not but I just did anyway. Many of Chicago’s wildest revelers use Chiditarod as a warm-up for St. Patrick’s Day 2 weeks later. Again, that’s a warning that you need to batten down the hatches no matter what you plan on doing that day.

2011’s Chiditarod VI established a new benchmark for success and proved that this event is here to stay. Nearly $20,000 was raised for various charities and almost 20,000 pounds of donated food were distributed to individuals & families in need.

Register early to get in on the fun, or volunteer to witness the mayhem from a slightly safer perspective. To learn more, including how to enter or find a team, visit the official event website.

Chiditarod VII

Saturday March 3, 2012


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