Chiditarod Race and Food Drive

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This past weekend my friends John, Jen, Ligaya, Ben, and I participated in the first Chiditarod, Chicago's very own urban Iditarod.  Teams of five sign up to wildly steer their souped up shopping carts around Chicago, stop in at check-points, and race to the finish line.

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Our team, Snakes on a Plane, came in 8th out of 22 teams--amazing!.  Ligaya and Jen did most of the work to convert our green Hyde Park Co-op shopping cart into HPK-Air, the most terrifying plane on the planet (with snakes!).

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The Chiditarod is a food drive and all together the teams collected nearly 1,000 lbs. of non-perishable food to donate to Vital Bridges.  Nice work everyone!

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Here is our lovely team post finish line (obviously): Ben, Ligaya, Jen, Gemma, and John (and our friend Paul on the right).

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Some of the carts and costumes were truly spectacular.  I am already thinking about what to plan for next year.  This was my favorite cart.  The cowboy costumed runners even tied her up at all the stops.  Awesome.

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Finish line party at the Hideout.

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The race began at the Pontiac Cafe with intermediate stops at Club Lucky and Phyllis' Musical Inn.

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There are other urban iditarods that take place in New York City, San Francisco, and Portland. 

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Doubledare

My second favorite, team Double Dare.  You can see 'Marc Summers' there to the left.  Brilliant.

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Way to go team Snakes on a Plane!

(And thanks to Colie and Paul for coming to cheer us on and take pictures.)

 

Twice-Baked Potatoes with Vegetables

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