Chiditarod IX

12 03 2014

Chiditarod IX took place on March 2nd, 2014.

Chiditarod is probably my favorite event in Chicago. It really brings out the best people. In fact, more than 1,100 people braved the blustery, snowy cold on Saturday. Chiditarod is a shopping cart race/food drive/fundraiser/pub crawl/costume & art contest. The participation is astounding and the creativity mind blowing. This year had record breaking donations. The event brought in 20,984 pounds of food and $40,255 USD. All the food and funds raised benefit the CHIditarod Foundation and The Greater Chicago Food Depository.

chi_ttd_ChiditarodIX_031413Another thing that impresses me about the Chiditarod is that it is a leave no trace event… and nearly everyone honors this. The few people I saw be disrespectful in anyway were almost immediately reprimanded by a fellow teammate or by another team near by. To ensure safety and rule following by the teams a fleet of volunteer “Bike Marshals” patrol the area. This is no small feat as each team travels approximately 5 miles and not every team stops at every bar participating. The Chiditarod spans three neighborhoods on Chicago’s Northwest side; Bucktown, West Town and Wicker Park.chi_ttd_ChiditarodIX_031401Teams compete for all sorts of awards. A few of the coveted trophies include, “Food Drive 1st place,” “Rookie of the Year,” “Dressed to the Nines: Best Team Costume,” “Best Art Cart,” and “Hot Mess,” among others. Each year the organizers make creative trophies that are one of a kind.

For more photos from Chiditarod IX check out my slideshow on Time Out Chicago’s website.

For more information about Chiditarod, and this year’s winners check out their website.

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