New in 2017


Killer Fundraising Platform

We have partnered with the Classy fundraising platform for 2017. We are stoked as they have a killer API that allows setting up team fundraising pages a breeze (as in, like, automatic). More details are forthcoming. If you want to be eligible for fundraising prizes – information and details can be found here. With Classy we are eligible for matching grants, so please contact us if you and your company are interested. Finally, we are now on Amazon Smile. Designate ‘The Chiditarod Foundation’ at to donate automatically, at no cost to you, while you shop!

Required Racer Orientation

We did this last year, but it’s worth re-mentioning. Last year’s mandatory racer orientation was unanimously well-received and helped to properly orient and prepare all racers for race day. It is again required in 2017. If you want to race, at least one member of every team needs to come, drink a beer (or water), and learn what CHIditarod is all about. Out of town teams (we know there are two or three), may email to make other arrangements. Come… acculturate… put your ‘rod on. It’s required. And important.

GCFD Food Drop Off

Not entirely new, but important to remember. If you have 300lbs of food or more (equivalent to 2 shopping carts full of canned food), please make arrangements to drop off your donation before race day at the Greater Chicago Food Depository. They will be hosting dates and times the week of the race. Stay tuned for more information.


Price is Right - Justin GohSeparate Finish Line & Awards Ceremony

Since separating the finish line and awards ceremony worked so well in past years, it’s now just permanent. This means you may store your cart in the yard overnight. If you decide to leave your cart in the yard overnight you must come pick it up between 12-2 on Sunday to get your cart deposit back.