September 28th, 2013
Norfolk Southern Railroad Tennessee Idiotarod Race
THE ULTIMATE SHOPPING CART RACE START TIME 1pm
What in the world is the TENNESSEE IDIOTAROD RACE
First a quick bit of background, The Idiotarod is named after the ‘Iditarod’, a 1,000 mile dog-sledding race in Alaska. It of course has been modified for the street and “idoit” added for fun competition where sabotage, costume, and presentation are rewarded. Sabotage such as tripping up competitors, throwing marbles or large obstacles in their paths, and the spreading of misinformation such as false route information are common. It’s all in fun and all for a worthy cause, but if you’re in to TRICKERY- read this
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We’ve got a 2013 Tennessee Idiotarod Poster you can print off – click here if you want one.
Each team of three-five racers and their shopping cart may form Organizations which encompass multiple teams or utilize additional people who do not run with the cart.
Each team must go from the starting line, to each checkpoint and then to the finish line.
The five racers in a team must be in some way connected to or touching the cart at all times along the route, when the cart is not stationed at the checkpoints.
While the cart is moving during the race, four racers must be forward of the back wheels of the cart (the “sled dog”position) and one racer must be behind the cart (the “musher” position). Racers within a team may switch positions whenever they choose.
The racers must pull/push the cart on foot for the whole route. The cart may not be motorized, towed by a vehicle, attached to motor vehicles or bicycles, or put inside a motor vehicle.
The same five racers must pull/push the cart for the whole race. Substitutions will cause disqualification of the team.
Carts can be modified, welded, broken, rearranged, and decorated in any way the team chooses. All original pieces of the cart must be present with the cart during the race.
Teams may attach platforms which allow them to “ride” the cart.
For prizes not based upon order across the finish line, a points system will be used to tally positive and negative accomplishments of each team. Judges and race officials will be at checkpoints and along the route to increase or deduct points for teams. Prizes may be awarded to specific teams, or to organizations of teams.
At the completion of the race, each participant will receive a complementary Tennessee Oktoberfest sampling Mason Jar, and if of age- a pint of beer to put in it.
The Committee has sole discretion over all points awarded or deducted, prizes awarded, which prizes are being awarded, race rules, all laws of physics, what time it is, and what happened in the past, all of which are subject to change without notice.