N00bie Checklist: Do’s & Don’ts of CHIditarod

Hello new racers! We’re excited for you to take part in CHIditarod. Make sure you go through the tabs to get a feel for what the race is all about.

  • Pick a theme, get costumed up
  • Review the prize list. Pick one or two you want to focus on winning
  • Have fun no matter what. Know there will be sabotage, so take it in stride
  • Prepare yourself by reading the most recent SABOTAGE REPORT
  • Pack refreshments for your guard dog
  • This is all for charity… and glory so bring your donation food.
  • It’s an all weather event, be prepared. There’s no bad weather just poor wardrobe choices
  • Race on the sidewalks
  • You must have your photo ID
  • Checkpoints are 25 minutes
  • In true Chicago style, bribe the judges
  • Tip bartenders
  • Pose for pictures
  • Drink lots of water
  • Recycle
  • Leave no trace
  • Obey all laws
  • Bring your food to the starting line
  • Get creative. Pimp out your team and cart
  • Listen to the bike marshals
  • Take your cart home with you at the end
  • Participate in contests
  • Be nice to judges, they’re volunteers
  • Have fun and help others have a good time too!
  • Have a bad attitude
  • Mess with the public
  • Mess with the cops
  • Be Belligerent
  • Litter
  • Urinate in public
  • Get too drunk
  • Wait until the last minute to decorate your cart
  • Use a U-lock or anything similar for sabotage
  • Do anything hostile, bigoted, or violent. This makes other community members feel unwelcome.