Idiotrod Augt-Six

The Idiotrod. A race of speed, skill, sabotage, and complete absurdness. The Iditarod is the famous long-distance race in which yelping dogs tow a sled across Alaska. The Idiotarod is pretty much the same thing, except that instead of dogs, it’s people, instead of sleds, it’s shopping carts, and instead of Alaska it’s New York City. We got a team together and got ready for the treacherous journey from Brooklyn to Manhattan. The Durfey Family of Blooming Grove, OH (Birthplace of Warren G. Harding) was up to the challenge of avoiding tourists, cops, and potholes. Our tour bus was a double decker shopping cart and we had an insane amount of tourist paraphenalia. Our cart was so big we couldn’t get it out of the apartment.

The race started out rocky when the starting point was moved from Williamsburgh to Fort Greene Park after the cops showed up. We sent the cart on the road attached to a bicycle and 2 rollerbladers while we took cabs to the starting line. We made it in time and was overwhlemed with the amount of teams. I saw many impressive costumes. The race was so much fun and actually very tiring. The best part was going over the Manhattan Bridge. Ironically enough it was my first time over that bridge on foot. The race was full of costumes, cheating, drinking, good spirits, dancing monkees, and bananas. Oh those bananas!! The cops were surprisngly friendly.

Official Site:

Pictures I took here.

More Pictures of our team: Thanks Margie!

Other Pictures from Flickr:
Photo of me from the back. More from Blain Davis

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