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Salt Lake City hosts urban Iditarod

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Posted at 7:49 PM, Mar 02, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-02 21:49:44-05

SALT LAKE CITY -- Salt Lake City residents gathered on Saturday to mimic the Alaskan Iditarod—where more than 60 dog-sled teams race across the frozen tundra from Anchorage to Nome.

The 5th Annual Salt Lake City Urban Iditarod takes place during the first week of March, on the same day as the actual Iditarod race, according to a press release from event organizers. The event began Saturday at 2 p.m., and the starting line was at the corner of 400 South and West Temple.

In the Salt Lake City version teams pull their shopping carts, with a musher riding along, through some of the city’s most scenic areas. The urban run has pit stops at some of Salt Lake’s best places to eat and drink so competitors can: “replenish lost fluids and discuss tales of mayhem,” according to the press release.

Many participants wear costumes and have a theme for the team, and Emily Park said that is one of the highlights of the event.

“The best part is just kind of seeing what everyone dresses up as, having fun with it and enjoying it and just getting to run around downtown like an idiot,” she said.