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MUSH! The CHIditarod, Chicago's Shopping Cart Race For A Good Cause, Celebrates Lucky Year 13

Who: Spectators and well-wishers are invited to witness the start of the 13th CHIditarod, Chicago's annual rambunctious, costumed shopping cart race, raising food and donations to combat hunger.

What: Part competition, part carnival, the CHIditarod is "probably the world's largest mobile food drive." This year, more than 100 teams of five people in costumes will race decorated shopping carts for a good cause. Whether it's the Apollo Lunar Module, rolling a mobile diner, or paying tribute to lost legends or movie classics, each team will contribute at least 69 pounds of food to the Greater Chicago Food Depository, with prizes awarded for largest food and monetary contributions and the most creative carts.

Now in its 13th year, the CHIditarod - a 100% volunteer driven organization - has raised more than 156,000 pounds of food for Chicago's hungry and more than $190,000 for local nonprofits fighting hunger in the Chicago area. Since the beginning of the CHIditarod Foundation's grant program, $121,500 has been given out to like-minded nonprofits who have new and creative ways of solving food scarcity.

When: Saturday, March 3rd. Teams begin arriving at 9:45 a,m. The pre-race festivities include performances by local eclectic marching band Environmental Encroachment. Race start is expected at 12:30 p.m.

Where: 1900 W. Hubbard (northwest corner of Hubbard and Wolcott).

Visuals: 500+ excited participants in costume and decorated shopping carts, 200+ dedicated volunteers, trucks being loaded with thousands of pounds of donations for GCFD, raucous race start with 100+ teams pouring out of the gate and onto Chicago streets, pre-race music from 20+ member marching band.

Registration closes February 20th.

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Posted on February 13, 2018


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