Promising to be the most fun you will ever have with a shopping cart, the Taylorsville Urban Iditarod is back for its second year on March 3. The race is a way to promote health, fun and economic development for the city and is hosted by the Leisure Activities, Recreation and Parks (LARP) and Healthy Taylorsville committees.
“The concept of an Urban Iditarod isn't new, in fact it has been done around the country in places such as Portland and Chicago,” said Taylorsville Mayor Russ Wall. Teams dress in costume and decorate carts as they negotiate a course around Taylorsville businesses, participating in challenges along the way.
Several Taylorsville businesses will be participating, which makes this a unique way to integrate residents and businesses. Each business will sponsor a challenge and get a chance to highlight their business. ‘Bout Time Pub and Grub and Leatherby’s Family Creamery are two such businesses who are excited to be involved. “We look forward to this event as a way to show off our business and support the community,” said Leatherby’s General Manager Chris Cooley. Race organizers are looking for other businesses to participate.
"Anyone can do a bar crawl, but we wanted this to be something Taylorsville could be proud of, and really help organizations in our area," said Rhetta McIff, chair of the Taylorsville LARP Committee. Proceeds from the race will be donated to local groups for health-promoting activities such as the YMCA's Healthy Kids Day. In many urban Iditarods, raising money or food for food pantries is a driving goal. "We really want people to have fun and help our community, too," said McIff.
The starting point of the race will be just south of FYE in the Taylorsville Family Center at 10 a.m.
Teams can register and find out more information at taylorsvilleurbaniditarod.blogspot.com. Registration is $40 per team, and teams are made up of five members.
Here are some photos of last year's participants. Look at how much fun they are having!!