Who says Chicago doesn’t have culture?
What? The Chiditarod is an annual shopping cart race through six Chicago bars, in which participants must compete in karaoke contests and pole dancing competitions, write “chaikus” and make up a team cheer. The rules are as ridiculous as you might expect, allowing for the sabotage of other Chiditarod teams and leaving such blanket statements as “At each checkpoint [bar], you’ll present your race card (found in your racer pack) to the volunteers, who will hold it until they give it back to you.”
Why? Teams must finish the race with at least 40 pounds of canned food in the cart to donate to a food drive. This year, they gave to the Chicago Anti-Hunger Federation. The total isn’t calculated yet for the 2010 race, but last year’s came to 7,758 pounds of food.
Who? Any team of five people over the age of 21, willing to dress up in a theme (shopping cart included!) and pay the registration fee, can participate.
Where? The starting point was the intersection of Wolcott and Hubbard. The bars included in the fun were Phyllis’ Musical Inn (1800 W. Division St.), Empty Bottle (1035 N. Western Ave.), Happy Village (1059 N. Wolcott Ave.), Innertown Pub (1935 W. Thomas St.), Five Star Pub (1424 W. Chicago Ave.) and Mahoney’s (551 N. Ogden Ave.). The finish line was at Bottom Lounge (1375 W. Lake St.).
And the moment you’ve been waiting for: the competitors. Only “before” shots are possible, mostly because the contestants are far too drunk and finish the race at too many different times to actually enable an “after” shot.
-Tara for TKGO
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