Shopping carts abound in annual Idiotarod

Jan. 31, 2010 at 1:34 PM   |   Comments

NEW YORK, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- New York's Idiotarod competition draws all sorts of people to the annual shopping cart race, participants in the 400-strong, off-beat event say.

Idiotarod participant David Harrison donned a hot dog outfit for Saturday's race, but the 36-year-old admitted being shocked by several fellow racers who donned only leotards despite frigid temperatures, the New York Daily News reported Sunday. It was about 15 degrees at race time.

"Those guys have to be crazy; it's so cold out," said Harrison, whose Idiotarod teammates dressed as condiments.

Among the teams taking part in the sixth-annual shopping cart race, organized by a group known only as Corporation X, was a team dressed as ninjas prepared to use smoke bombs.

Also on hand was a team dressed in the theme of the movie "300," whose members used onions as weapons against other teams.

Idiotarod participant Adrienne Hudspeth, 28, of New York told the Daily News while some teams vie for first place, hers was happy to simply take part.

"We're not in it to win it. You won't see us sprinting," Hudspeth offered.

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