Many races draw a crowd, but the Taylorsville Urban Iditarod does it a little differently - with shopping carts. This annual race pairs teams of costumed runners with a themed shopping cart for a race without a set course. This is the third year for this unique race, held March 2 at 10 a.m., patterned after the Alaskan sled dog race held the same day.
“This race is a way to promote health, fun, and economic development for the city,” said Mayor Jerry Rechtenbach. “The concept of an Urban Iditarod is not new, and Taylorsville joins other cities, such as Portland and Chicago, in this fun event.”
The Urban Iditarod is a chance for local businesses to reach out into their community, and a way to promote healthy activity to groups that are not the usual race-going crowd. Participants race between challenge locations, competing in a variety of unusual contests such as last year’s rubber chicken launch for distance, trivia contests, and operating fire hoses to knock over obstacles. The goal of the event, according to race organizers, is to experience “the most fun you have had with a shopping cart.”
The Taylorsville Iditarod has a bigger purpose – teams must bring food to the finish line to donate to the Taylorsville Food Pantry. Additionally, proceeds from the race go to the YMCA Healthy Kids Day. “Anyone can run or walk a 5k, but it takes real bravery to run down the street dressed as a chicken,” says organizer Rhetta McIff. “We hope that supporting our food pantries makes dressing up a little easier.”
Here's a video clip to help you understand what the Taylorsville Urban Iditarod really is. This is our footage from last year's event:
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