MUSH! The CHIditarod, Chicago’s Shopping Cart Race for a Good Cause Celebrates Lucky Year 13 on March 3

CHIditarod XIII
(Source: CHIditarod)

Yearly costumed shopping cart race, raises thousands of pounds of food and donations to benefit the Greater Chicago Food Depository, local organizations; Registration Closes Tuesday, February 20th

CHICAGO—(ENEWSPF)—February 15, 2018

By: Stephanie Esposito  

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.

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 (GCFD), 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.

The event will be held on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 1900 W. Hubbard in Chicago (northwest corner of Hubbard and Wolcott). 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.

About the CHIditarod Foundation

CHIditarod continues to expand its fundraising efforts to compliment the food drive that has been in operation since its first year (2006). In twelve years, CHIditarod has donated more than 196,000 lbs of food to local food pantries, in addition to raising more than $190,000 for local non-profits. In 2012, race organizers formed the CHIditarod Foundation to award funds raised through CHIditarod’s events to local Chicago-based charities dedicated to eradicating hunger in their communities. CHIditarod is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit and is a 100% volunteer driven event and organization.

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