A Race of a Different Stripe

Friday, January 28, 2005

You may have heard of sled dog race through the Alaskan wilderness called the Iditarod. Take away the dogs and substitute shopping carts for sleds and you have the second annual New York Idiotarod. Participants will wear costumes and drag souped-up shopping carts to three different checkpoints through the city.

Jeff Stark is one of the organizers. He says it's part grueling endurance race, part rolling pageant. "It's supposed to be really silly, and in fact we really discourage athleticism," he said. "In fact, we've outlawed spandex this year. Any team caught wearing spandex this year will be deeply penalized."

Stark says it's hard to shock New Yorkers, but he says the hundreds of expected participants will have fun trying.

The race kicks off at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Fulton Ferry Landing.

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