Just ‘Idiots’ in shopping cart race in Queens
BY CAITLIN MILLAT and JOE JACKSON
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERS
Sunday, February 1st 2009, 4:00 AM
“Idiots, start your engines!”
That’s what hundreds of contestants heard Saturday at the start of New York’s sixth annual Idiotarod – a local take on Alaska’s Iditarod dog-sled race that replaces dogs with people, and sleds with shopping carts.
Teams of four runners and one driver navigate homemade carts from checkpoint to checkpoint along a mystery route only revealed as the race goes on via text messages. Organizers say the map is kept secret by design in order to keep police from intervening along the way.