Did you know that if you can save money by getting a team together and registering early? It’s true. Early Bird pricing is just $80.00 per team. That is only $16 per person. This also includes your Grill Fest entry fee ($10 value). Early Bird pricing ends on October 5th. So the pressure is on to find 4 other friends with $16 each who care about their community, love to have fun, and are competitive. Get out there, spread the word, put a team together and let’s make this the biggest food drive of the year!
Now, if you can’t get your $h!+ together by October 5th, then it is going to cost you $100 per team. Not only will it be more expensive, but you will be short on time to create an amazing team theme and costumes. If you show up with no costumes or a crappy theme you may be ridiculed and could possible have to wear the Cone of Shame.
Project MANA is a hunger relief agency that operates in the North Lake Tahoe and Truckee communities, aiming to reduce the incidence of hunger and its detrimental effects upon individuals, families, the community and the region. Project MANA holds weekly food distributions in Tahoe City, Truckee, Kings Beach, and Incline Village, delivers emergency food bags to home bound community members, and provides opportunities for nutrition education and community gardening. With the help and support of volunteers, donors, and community collaborators, Project MANA focuses on breaking the cycle of hunger to build a healthier, hunger-free community.
Now that we are up and running, it is time for you to start scrounging up a team and theme. Below you will see a group of friends, from Boston, that went all out on their theme and costumes. For costume help and advise, we recommend that you go to Junkee Clothing Exchange in Reno. They have it all and are one of the main costume stops for Burners on their way to the Playa.
In the photo below, you can see that their sled is pretty amazing as well. Remember that you are encouraged to build your own sled instead of using a shopping cart. We have a limited amount of carts available and those carts come with some rules like no riding in or on any loaner carts. If you don’t want to borrow one of our plain loaner sleds then maybe you should look for a shopping cart that has wandered a little too far from its home, be a good citizen and take it on an adventure, and then return it home safe and sound (or at least safe). Based on some sleds that we have seen, it looks like you could build a sled that is much faster then a shopping cart. This is a race and losers will be punished (unless they bring a ton of non-perishable foods). For punishment you will have to check out our next post about the “Cone of Shame”.
Borrowing the name ‘iditarod’ from the Alaskan dog sled race and replacing the dogs with people (you) and the sleds with shopping carts, add in team themes, costumes, contests and a food drive and we get the Tahoe City Urban Iditarod. If you like urban race and adventures you’ll love the Tahoe City Urban Iditarod. Urban Iditarods have been taking place in cities (San Francisco, Portland, NYC, Chicago and Boston to name a few) all over the country, The Tahoe City Urban Iditarod brings this over the top fun-for-all event to Lake Tahoe!
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