Chiditarod will be an outdoor block party and art cart competition this year

CHICAGO — An annual North Side charity run is going to be a little different this year.

The Chiditarod, which typically features costumed participants racing decorated shopping carts for charity and fun, will not be an in-person race this year as Chicago battles the latest wave of COVID-19.

Instead, the event will be an outdoor block party on March 5 at Fulton Street by Cobra Lounge, 235 N. Ashland Ave. All participants must show proof of vaccination.

There will be music, art cart installations, a beauty pageant talent show and more for people to enjoy, according to a press release. Those interested can participate alone or in teams of four or five in competitions for the best themed and decorated carts. Costumes are also encouraged.

Event attendees must be at least 21 years old and fully vaccinated for the “Blockditarod” edition of the event, which will have a capacity of 400 people. Pre-registration and a donation of 69 pounds of food are required to participate. The event’s COVID-19 policy, as well as a full list of rulescan be found in line.

Money raised from the event will go to the Chiditarod Foundation, which supports local nonprofits that share its goal of addressing hunger and food scarcity in the Chicagoland area.

Those interested in the Chiditarod 2022 event can register in line until February 21.

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