Our hats go off to the 83 teams of the 2008 CHIditarod!
We were blown away by the sheer numbers of participants this year, but even more by the creative spirit, athletic prowess, and delightfully bad behavior that you all brought to the streets of our fair city. Even as the weather turned from mild and sunny to sub-freezing in true Chicago style, almost 400 of you muscled through five checkpoints, three talent contests, and over four miles of asphalt tundra to celebrate with us at the finish line. We know that some of you endured duct-taped wheels, chafing spandex, Criscoed handles, and even had cinderblocks chained to your sleds. But despite these hardships, you mushed on, knowing that there was glory waiting for you at that last watering hole – and failing that, an adorable robot that you could pummel incessantly with snowballs.
For those of you who won prizes, we offer our heartiest of congratulations! For those of you who didn’t, we remind you once again that it is the journey, not the destination that matters…and also that the CHIditarod’s judges are distinguished not so much by their excellent taste as by their ability to hold onto a clipboard while inebriated.
If you were new to the race, you may have been surprised at the presence of covert ops, greasy palms, overt sabotage, and general sneakiness in this year’s event. We try to place limits on this kind of illicit activity, but…this is Chicago after all. One team took these hijinks to a whole new level, precipitating a heated controversy that we are calling Chiditagate 2008.
The number of teams doubled again this year, but the amount of food gathered per team grew as well. There was so much we lacked the logistical capacity to weigh it all. We dispatched four vehicles – a 15 foot cargo van, an SUV, a station wagon, and a pickup truck – full to overflowing. We think it topped two metric tons. The food was donated to Onward Neighborhood House in the Ukrainian Village and through Burners without Borders to King of Glory church on Chicago’s south side. Another glorious success!
We Want Your Feedback
Please participate in our post-race survey, which will be sent out to all racers in the next week. Choose your favorite teams in our new people’s choice contest, and tell us what you liked about the race and what you think we should work on for next year.
Race Results and Partial List of Prizes
The Adjusted Time takes into consideration the heat a team was in. Teams in heat 2 had 18 minutes deducted from their final finish time, and teams in heat 3 had 36 minutes deducted. The heats were separated by 18 minute intervals. Only teams that turned their time cards in at the finish are included.
|1||Windy City Rollers B *||3||2:51:45||1st Place||Epic Trophy & $100 (donated to charity!)|
|2||Death by Highkicks||3||2:52:20||2nd Place||Epic Trophy & $100 (donated to charity!)|
|3||A way in a manger||3||2:57:00||3rd Place||$50|
|4||Killjoy *||3||2:51:20||Honorable Dishonorable Mention||Epic Trophy & $100|
|5||Windy City Rollers A||3||2:58:25||2nd Best Sabotage||$50|
|6||Alpha Males||3||2:59:05||Most Testosterone||Gift Bag – Virtu stationary $25|
|7||Show us your cans||1||3:05:20|
|8||Frosted flakes 1 (DQ)||1||3:05:21|
|9||Roll with the punches||2||3:07:00|
|10||Dolphin Fantasy||1||3:08:25||Best in Show2nd Best Skit||Epic Trophy and $100$20 Gift Cert to Club Lucky|
|11||The bucktown apes||1||3:09:00|
|13||No bull||1||3:10:00||Best Mustache Wax||$25 & Accentric Custom Framing Photo Case|
|14||Frosted flakes 2 (DQ)||1||3:11:10|
|15||12 inches round||3||3:11:10|
|161||Chicago Hash House Harriers||1||3:11:40||2nd Best in Food||$50|
|17||Man vs. Wicker Park||1||3:13:35|
|18||CP D’oh||3||3:15:45||2nd Spirit of CHIditarod|
|23||Cool Runnings||2||3:21:55||Best Finish|
|24||Four Degos & a princess||2||3:23:25|
|28||Poultry in Motion||3||3:27:45||Best Chaiku||Gift Cert – Red Hen Bakery $10|
|29||Project Run Away||2||3:28:52|
|31||Action Squad||2||3:30:01||2nd Best in Show||$50|
|32||Off in the Shower||1||3:30:45|
|35||Babies gone wilde||3||3:33:30|
|36||Phillis’s Guilligan Island||1||3:34:10|
|37||Sesame Street Allstars||2||3:34:30|
|38||Atta boy Bear Cat||1||3:35:55|
|39||Grail Hunters||2||3:36:57||3nd Best in Food||Gift Cert – Bazar’s Women’s Clothing $25|
|42||Drinktown Pirates||3||3:39:30||Best Air Cannon||$25 & Picture Frame from Accentric Framing|
|43||Clown Team #1||3||3:40:55|
|46||Silly Funny Goof Gang||3||3:42:35||Best Fashion||Gift Cert – Radiance Fine Jewelry $100|
|51||Team Oregon Trail||3||3:44:50|
|53||A Running Commentary||1||3:46:59||Worst Sabotage|
|54||Manifest Destiny’s Child||3||3:51:00|
|55||Where the Wild Things Are||1||3:51:45|
|56||CJ ownz||2||3:51:55||Best Sabotage||$50|
|57||Walmartini||3||3:53:25||Spirit of CHIditarod||Epic Trophy|
|58||Henrietta Pussicat says meow meow meow die||3||3:54:00||Best in Food||$100|
|59||Not so super heroes||3||3:55:50|
|60||Team Yellow Hammerz||1||3:55:55||Worst Fashion||Gift Cert – Lustre Skin Boutique $25|
|61||Vikings – Ivan Ragnarok||2||3:58:10||Most Pathetic Display|
|62||Hobo Junction’s Gifts for Jesusesus||1||3:58:35||3rd Best in Show
|Gift Cert – Bazar’s Women’s Clothing $25Accentric Custom Framing $75|
|66||Shopping cart 5k||3||4:09:10|
|67||Cody West and the Rodeo||1||4:09:50|
|69||Blankline Oregon Trail||2||4:13:10|
|73||Odin & the Valkyries||2||4:25:00|
|74||Holy rollers Dirty Sanchezez||2||4:27:25|
|No Timecard, reported post-race||Where’s your Waldo||3||3:24:45|
|Timecard gone the way of the buffalo||Animal Patrol||n/a||Dead Fucking Last||$50|
This is based off of the team race cards that were handed in to race officials. Sometimes these cards were dirty, ripped, burned, illegible, or generally missing. If you note any weird spelling of your team name, just let us know and we’ll repair it. If your race card didn’t get turned in and you’re not listed here, also let us know all the details and we’ll add you.