March 07, 2010

The Idiotarod Shopping Cart Race

It's a like a dogsled race. But with shopping carts instead of dogsleds, and people instead of dogs. And alcohol and souped-up shopping carts. And it was held March 6, 2010 in downtown St. Louis. Photos by Kholood Eid.
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Employees from the City Museum were also present and participating at the Idiotarod. "We got the concept from the movie Thunder Dome. The other day we were reading a lot of 'No Fear' posters at lunch and they're hilarious and dated, so we thought we'd go totally cheesy and 80's. So we got this," Daniel Heggarty, of St. Louis, said. The team is made up of welders from the City Museum. It took them two weeks to transform the shopping cart.
Employees from the City Museum were also present and participating at the Idiotarod. "We got the concept from the movie Thunder Dome. The other day we were reading a lot of 'No Fear' posters at lunch and they're hilarious and dated, so we thought we'd go totally cheesy and 80's. So we got this," Daniel Heggarty, of St. Louis, said. The team is made up of welders from the City Museum. It took them two weeks to transform the shopping cart.
The Village Idiots pose with their shopping cart before the race on Saturday morning. "If the Lord wills it, we will win," team member Dwayne Muckensturm said. 
The Village Idiots pose with their shopping cart before the race on Saturday morning. "If the Lord wills it, we will win," team member Dwayne Muckensturm said. 
Members of The WTF Blankets circle their cart during the pageant segment of the Idiotarod event.
Members of The WTF Blankets circle their cart during the pageant segment of the Idiotarod event.
People gathered to watch the teams with their decorated, themed shopping carts before the race.
People gathered to watch the teams with their decorated, themed shopping carts before the race.
Participants of Idiotarod rush past as the race begins at the Old Post Office on Locust. Checkpoints were scattered around downtown, which the teams had to sign in at and complete challenges. The race's finish line was at Lumiere Casino. 
Participants of Idiotarod rush past as the race begins at the Old Post Office on Locust. Checkpoints were scattered around downtown, which the teams had to sign in at and complete challenges. The race's finish line was at Lumiere Casino. 
Justine Carter from the team Celebrities That's Hot poses as Michelle Obama next to their shopping cart.
Justine Carter from the team Celebrities That's Hot poses as Michelle Obama next to their shopping cart.
One of the Israelites of The Exodus team parts the "Red C."
One of the Israelites of The Exodus team parts the "Red C."
Welders from the City Museum push their cart past the crowd during the pageant. The cart's main attraction was the fire it shot in the air.
Welders from the City Museum push their cart past the crowd during the pageant. The cart's main attraction was the fire it shot in the air.
Members of The Soulardians map out their route before the Idiotarod race.
Members of The Soulardians map out their route before the Idiotarod race.
The gals of La Petite League have shots of strawberry and lemon drops at the Flamingo Bowl, the first checkpoint. "It's our fruit serving of the day," Laura Beuttemmuller, of St. Louis, said.
The gals of La Petite League have shots of strawberry and lemon drops at the Flamingo Bowl, the first checkpoint. "It's our fruit serving of the day," Laura Beuttemmuller, of St. Louis, said.