The first Saturday in March marks the beginning of the annual Iditarod race through Alaska, and for the second year in a row, it marks the beginning of the Cinciditarod race.
There are some slight twists in the Cincinnati version though. Instead of 1,100+ miles through the Alaskan wilderness, it is nearly 5 miles through the urban core of Cincinnati (Downtown, OTR, Newport, Covington). Instead of dogs, it’s people. And instead of sleds, shopping carts are used to navigate the course. Teams will pick up items on a grocery list and have 5 mandatory checkpoints along the way.
The registration deadline, for the March 7th race, is this Friday, February 27th by 5pm. Each team consists of 5 members and all participants must be 18 years of age and sign a waiver form with their registration ($25 team registration fee).
Similar events are found throughout the country in cities like San Francisco, Portland, New York and Chicago. All grocery items collected, during the Cincinnati race, go to benefit the Cincinnati Freestore Foodbank.