March 4, 2017
18,404 Meals for the Hungry
22,085 Pounds of Food Collected
$45,000 Raised to Fight Hunger in Chicago
Eight hundred women, men, astronauts, “school kids”, Vegas show girls, wizards, medicine men, tin men, circus entertainers, volunteers, bananas, philanthropists, leisure enthusiasts and enthusiastic mushers gathered on a balmy 42 degree morning to create the annual spectacular costumed charity shopping cart race epic mobile food drive — CHIditarod XII. The sun-filled streets were filled with nearly 200 volunteers and 113 teams of 5 heavily-costumed humans, raising Food and Funds in the pursuit of feeding the hungry while racing tricked-out shopping carts through 5 themed checkpoint establishments on the thawing streets of Chicago. Truly, a spectacle like none other.
The annual event raced through Chicago’s West Town Ukrainian Village neighborhoods, visiting five checkpoints each. Mahoney’s, Phyllis’s Musical Inn, Five Star, Roots Pizza, and Cobra Lounge hosted costumed superstars with their own themes and contests for teams to participate in. All bars generously donate a portion of their proceeds to The CHIditarod Foundation to aid in the goal of fighting hunger in Chicago.
CHIditarod is always finding new ways to positively impact our community and those in need. This year, over 100 pounds of toiletries were donated to Sarah’s Circle. Sarah’s Circle is a non-profit agency serving women who are homeless or in need of a safe space. They also focus on women needing support because of domestic violence. Thank You to everyone who donated race day, at ChiditaBowl, and at the Burners Without Borders Chicago Winter Ball.
With the help of our friends and at the Greater Chicago Food Depository, the CHIditarod XII food drive collected enough food to provide 18,404 meals for Chicago’s hungry. Thank you CHIditarod participants for being amazing all-stars and for making a difference in the lives of thousands of your neighbors.
Best in Food Drive :: The CHIvengers
The CHIvengers avenged hunger to astronomical heights in 2017. This team brought in 1,300 pounds of food to give meals to those in need.
Honorable Food Mentions
Hot-n-Ready Samurai were our second closest team, close behind, bringing in 1,130 pounds of food. Neck and Neck! A HUGE THANK YOU to these teams who help us make sure food is not a top worry for Chicagoans.
2017 saw a new partnership formed between CHIditarod and Kraft Heinz, who generously donated 2,055 lbs of condiments, including ketchup, mustard, mayo, BBQ sauce, and ranch dressing!
THE COOL BUS, ASTRONAUTS, GRILLS, TRAINS AND SHOW GIRLS!
This year’s are carts took to the streets strutting their stuff, passing out freshly cooked tacos, challenging people to games of dodgeball, and providing an “out of this world” experience. Art Carts are those teams who build bigger, crazier, and insanely interactive carts, delighting racers, spectators, and shocking all those who behold them. One team even built and piloted a school bus through the streets!
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To date, CHIditarod has given out $95,000 in grants to local nonprofits who share in our mission to stop hunger in Chicago. This year our Racers, volunteers, checkpoints, and organizers — with the help of their families, friends, and communities — raised $45,000 for the CHIditarod Foundation — setting a new CHIditarod record.
In 2017 we will once again fight hunger challenges and support community centered initiatives that address hunger, food scarcity, and education via our CHIditarod Grant Program. Visit our grant page to learn about the program and how your organization can apply during our upcoming 2017 grant cycle.
Most Epic Fundraising: 3GS&T
This year’s fundraising was a battle to the end. The 11th (yes, that’s 11 years in a row) Edition of 3 Girls, a Stash, and a Tail, SMASHED the previous fundraising record. It all came down to the final moments of online donations, when they secured their winning lead, bringing in $7,905.43. Epic.
Their theme was a custom rendition of the Garbage Pail Kids ™, customized to each racer. Yes, that’s a live chia helmet.
2nd Most Epic Fundraising: CHIdiots
In true CHIditarod fashion, the CHIdiots challenged Team 3GS&T to a heated, friendly fundraising rivalry all the way to the end, barely coming in second place with a fundraising total of $7,297.45. They “flew” to their own new heights with an “out of this world” fundraising effort to help secure the 2017 CHIditarod grant program. Truly spectacular.
The CHIdiots outfitted their cart as an Apollo lunar lander. It was huge. And we hear it actually flew.
While CHIditarod racers do wondrous things, none of this would be possible without the 200 brave and selfless volunteers that make the CHIditarod race happen. Volunteers are truly the MVPs of CHIditarod.
Not only do many of them fundraise, they also build the starting and finish lines, create immersive and exciting checkpoint environments, keep you safe while mobile, and have a blast right alongside you. To our volunteers, we honor and salute you all. Thank you.
Best in Show :: Queer Mishaps
Dressed to the Nines:: CHIditarOz & Toto Recall
This team touted healing potions, ventriloquism, and mystery, roameing the streets of Chicago trying to save those in need. Their cart was a real traveling wagon, they used snake oils and potions, and were on point all day long. That’s how you win Best in Show.
Though every team comes dressed to impress, the team that really stood out was CHIditarOz & Toto Recall. They had the Tin Man and Toto, a Wicked Witch and her flying monkeys, and a GIANT rainbow and tornado made out of up-cycled plastic bags. They followed the yellow brick road all the way through CHIditaLand to victory.
Best Use of Duct Tape :: City Dickers
Rookie of the Year :: Just Peachy
One of CHIditarod’s most coveted award is the best use of duct tape. There were a few teams who got all “duct’d” out, but this one really “stuck” with us. Their Dick Tracy was suited up in a trench coat made entirely of yellow duct tape, duct tape fedora and all. Those lines were so clean, too.
Just Peachy was in a league of the own, as a rookie CHIditarod team. They had trading cards, gave out peanuts and crackerjacks, had uniforms and really went for a home run bringing a major league performance on race day. This is how you do CHIditarod the first time around. A definite home run.
People’s Choice :: Chiditacademy Learnstitute School of Higher Learning K-13
Most Honorable Dishonorable Mention :: Derelict Dumpster Fire
Jocks and nerds, star students and the guy who ditches class. They all hopped on the cool bus and took CHIditarod for a ride. Maybe they engaged you in some school yard games, gave you the answers to the upcoming test, wondered why you were late for gym class, or perhaps drank some beers behind the bleachers with you. You voted, we listened. The Chiditacademy Learnstitute School of Higher Learning K-13 is your 2017 People’s Choice.
Being a ChiditaVirgin is not easy thing to do. Derelicte Dumpster Fire brought an amazing cart, with approved flame effects, and years of flame experience. However even the pros can mess up, having one of their costumes get singed in the heat of the race. Congratulations on Doing a Good Thing but Doing it all wrong.
Fastest Dogs :: That’s Bulls*#t!
CHIditarod is, in fact, a race! Teams race for an average of 5 grueling miles. Thankfully, they have 25 minutes to rest and water their dawgs at each checkpoint. Mushing into history in CHIditarod XII was team “That’s Bulls*#t!”. As they crossed the finish line, they were thoroughly out of breath and looked ready to puke from hitting the pavement so hard. After four years of vying for first place, they finally made it as the Fastest Dawgs! They beat out some heavy competition, the aptly-named “Team Formerly Known as the 2016 Fastest Cart”, vanquishing them from their title.
These are just a few of the incredible achievements from our teams. There are countless other amazing things our participants create; we wish we had the space to showcase them all. To all who co-created the epic that was CHIDitarod XII — we salute you with highest honors.
In Honor of Tom LaPorte
CHIditarod XII is dedicated to Tom LaPorte, who passed away a few days after CHIditarod XII. Tom was a force in creating, shaping, and guiding CHIditarod. He was instrumental in helping to form the event, set the tone, and provide mentorship and encouragement to us all. His guidance interacting with the City of Chicago, forming partnerships and coalitions, building consensus, and helping others was unparalleled and the reason CHIditarod is as successful as it is today. He participated in the event from start to finish from year one through year twelve. Tom will forever be a part of CHIditarod, and a part of us all.
To all of you — Thank you for a record making year. We love and salute you. Mush!
|Best Bribe||The Great Heathen Army|
|3rd Best in Show||The Great Heathen Army|
|Best Use of Duct Tape Award||City Dickers|
|Hot Mess Award||Uncharted Territory|
|Most Food Donated||The Chivengers|
|Most Epic Fundraiser||3GS&T11thEd|
|Spirit of Chiditarod||The Team Who Must Not Be Named|
|2nd most Epic Fundraiser||Chidiots|
|3rd most Epic Fundraiser||ChicaGoGoGirls|
|4th most epic Fundraiser||GardenWarfare:FeatheralBureauofInvestigation|
|Best Art Cart||Chidiots|
|2nd Best Art Cart||Chiditacademy Learnstitute School of Higher Learning K-13|
|Bike Marshals Choice||Dungeons & Flagons|
|2nd Place Time||The team formerly known as the 2016 fastest cart|
|3rd Place Time||No Money Down|
|Food Drive – 3rd Place||Alternative Facts|
|Food Drive – 4th Place||YOLO 2017|
|Dressed to the Nines: Best Team Costume||Chiditaroz & Toto Recal|
|Rookie of the Year Award||Just Peachy|
CHIditarod Foundation Fundraising
|Team||Funds Raised||Food Donated|
|TheCareBears (Burger Time 2.0)||$3,149.85||98|
|Mahoneys Crew – High Noon Saloon of Doom on the Moon||$268|
|WILMA!! (SPACE JAM)||$126.38||146|
|TheTBDs (The Sesame Streakers)||$0||107.8|
|Sycamores (Just Peachy)||$0||98.9|
|TeamDrewTBD (Octopi Wall Street)||$0||87.4|
|TheSwell12 (Cart ‘n’ Eggs)||$0||127.2|
|NeverSleep (Camp Never Sleep)||$0||74|
|TBDowell (The Men of the Merle St. Marty)||$0||102.8|
|YABBA (TOON SQUAD)||$0||153.6|
|TeamNameHere (The Fortunate Sons)||$0||111.8|
CHIditarod is in fact a race! Rushing from the start, hitting each bar for a 25 minute rest, and completing a five mile race is grueling work.
|Team #||Team Name||Time|
|1510||The team formerly known as the 2016 fastest cart||03:12:29|
|1535||No Money Down||03:18:04|
|1611||The Fortunate Sons||03:40:59|
|1514||Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Carts Club||04:01:09|
|1516||Octopi Wall Street||04:02:50|
|1531||The Great Heathen Army||04:05:24|
|1580||Magic School Bus||04:06:23|
|1557||Cart ‘n Eggs||04:07:51|
|1569||Camp Never Sleep||04:08:32|
|1574||The Breakfast Club||04:11:53|
|1566||The Yum Yums||04:13:17|
|1551||The Team Who Must Not Be Named||04:16:00|
|1595||American Horror Story||04:16:51|
|1519||HMS Paula Deen||04:17:50|
|1599||Channel 12 News||04:27:00|
|1502||The Sesame Streakers||04:28:17|
|1570||American Outlaws: Chicago Chapter||04:28:36|
|1520||Garden Warfare: Gnomeland Security||04:30:49|
|1565||Boozin’ Away Hunger||04:31:02|
|1587||Spice Up Your Life||04:32:16|
|1501||3GS&T 11th Ed||04:33:33|
|1512||Garden Warfare: Featheral Bureau of Investigation||04:34:56|
|1561||The Velour Comets||04:37:53|
|1586||Let’s Play HOUSE||04:39:07|
|1511||Lost Legends 2016||04:44:29|
|1583||Bucket O Blood||04:48:52|
|1555||Derelicte Dumster Fire||04:48:55|
|1558||Dungeons & Flagons||04:53:10|
|1546||Good Grief Girls||04:54:29|
|1593||Rogers Park Renegades||04:56:27|
|1554||RIP Ringling Bros.||05:04:06|
|1559||RIP Ringling Bros. II||05:07:22|
|1596||The Port-Hole Portal||Did Not Finish|
|1612||The Crazy Danes||Did Not Finish|
|1613||The Crazy Danes 2||Did Not Finish|
|1615||In dog beers, we’ve only had one!||Did Not Finish|
|1507||Re-Formation!||Did Not Finish|
|1517||RIP 2016||Did Not Finish|
|1530||Drunkin’ Donuts||Did Not Finish|
|1594||MONSTARS||Did Not Finish|
|1597||TOON SQUAD||Did Not Finish|
|1602||SPACE JAM||Did Not Finish|
|1544||Team It’s Always Sunny||Did Not Finish|
|1553||The Cooter Lounge||Did Not Finish|
|1579||Cashew Ousside. Howbow Dah||Did Not Finish|
|1581||Ron Burgundy & the Channel 4 News Team||Did Not Finish|
|1584||Kirk Fogg of War||Did Not Finish|
|1601||Boats ‘N’ Hoes||Did Not Finish|
|1521||Ford, caulk, or dye trying!||Did Not Finish|
|1539||Joey Fatone 2||Did Not Finish|
|1540||Lance Bass||Did Not Finish|
|1543||Joey Fatone 1||Did Not Finish|
|1509||Gaza Strippers||Did Not Finish|
|1533||big mouth||Did Not Finish|
|1534||Chi-town Rising!||Did Not Finish|
|1541||The Gapers Blockade||Did Not Finish|
|1552||big mouth 2||Did Not Finish|
|1572||The Transplants||Did Not Finish|
|1576||Mighty Ducks||Did Not Finish|
|1577||The Hawks||Did Not Finish|
|1592||Bill Brasky’s Revival||Did Not Finish|
|1525||Blood, Sweat, and Beers||Did Not Finish|
|1563||Three brothers and the regulars||Did Not Finish|
|1568||Team 4||Did Not Finish|
|1523||Michael & The Quigley’s||Did Not Finish|
|1526||Cops||Did Not Finish|
|1549||Team Sunnyvale||Did Not Finish|
|1585||The Half-Blood Sprints||Did Not Finish|
|1606||Gotham’s Reckoning||Did Not Finish|
|1610||Trip Deuce Niner||Did Not Finish|
|1616||Team Wildcard||Did Not Finish|
|1513||Team Teamwork||Did Not Finish|
|1542||CUBEERS||Did Not Finish|
|1556||WERK OUT||Did Not Finish|
|1607||The Knights who say Ni!||Did Not Finish|
|1504||Willy Wonka’s Wet Dream||Did Not Finish|
|1515||Cunning Stunts||Did Not Finish|
|1538||Wigs Jacked for Jesus||Did Not Finish|
|1573||The Men of the Merle St. Marty||Did Not Finish|
|1603||Team UNITY||Did Not Finish|
|1605||Hot-N-Ready Samurai||Did Not Finish|
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Incredible Checkpoint Contributions
And while it’s hard to say enough about all the crazy-amazing-beautiful-inspiring-people that make CHIditarod possible, we continue to cherish our checkpoints through the years (new and old alike) who treat us and YOU right, we are thankful to have such great businesses in our community that love a good time. We are THRILLED to recognize our 2017 checkpoints, please go support them as they support fighting hunger!
Prize, Food, Equipment & Service Donations