This weekend amid freezing and blustery conditions Chicago held its annual Chiditarod race. For those of you who are unfamiliar the Chiditarod Urban Iditarod is a combination pub crawl, costume contest and charity food drive, and if that’s not enough for you it’s all centered around a race where teams push decorated shopping carts across the city for most of the day, pausing at 11 strategically placed recovery checkpoints, that is: bars. This year the Chiditarod raised over $14,000 and collected 10,000 pounds of canned food for the Chicago Anti-Hunger Federation. Awesome. Thanks to Kirstie Shanley for the photos. Side note. My cousin Ed Stielstra is at this very moment racing across the frozen Alaskan tundra in the actual Iditarod. So far he’s traveled 272 miles and still has all 16 dogs with him which is a great sign. Good luck Ed!