Idiotarod - New York City

The IDIOTAROD is an urban spoof of the Alaskan dogsled race (now in 19+ cities) - but instead of dogs, it's people, instead of sleds, it's shopping carts, and instead of the frozen Alaskan tundra, it's frozen NYC.

We arrived just in time for a nights sleep before Brooklyn’s most vicious, fearsome, competitive, and ruthless shopping cart race the Idiotarod. Inspired by the grueling dog-sled race through the bitter Alaskan wilderness, the Idiotarod also features sub-freezing temperatures, a nearly un-navigable course, and a host of predators. Sabotage is just a way of life in the Idiotarod as you traverse the course from Queens, to Manhattan, to Brooklyn. Feelings of helplessness, confusion, and despair can set in. But with any great risk comes great reward. And nothing can replace the exhilaration of crossing that finish line at GreenPoint Park. A special shout-out goes to Razvan, Dudu, Natalia, Stelliana, Roma, and Gwendolyna of the Romanian Gymnastics team who finished the 5-mile competition in a strong 13th place.