Shopping cart race draws viewers, police

Feb. 4, 2007 at 4:35 PM

NEW YORK, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- When the annual "Idiotarod" shopping cart race took place this weekend in New York, the event drew police as well as spectators.

The New York Times said after police unsuccessfully attempted to cancel Saturday's Carts of Brooklyn Racing Association-sponsored event, entertained onlookers watched a team named Colonel Angus take home first prize.

Despite a formidable force including a helicopter, unmarked cars and even officers on horseback, the police department ultimately was forced to allow the annual race to take place.

But police remained to make sure the race's contestants, who are urged to cheat during the event, behaved themselves, the Times said.

Many in the New York community of Williamsburg were shocked as racers arrived dressed as the Village People, comedian Bill Cosby and librarians, the report said.

"I came to visit my brother," said Gilbert Ortega, who accidentally happened upon the quirky race. "I didn't know what was happening. I thought it was Halloween or something."

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