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Shopping carts are "flying" around city streets for Cinciditarod

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - If you're driving within a five mile radius of Fountain Square on Saturday, be on the lookout for "flying" shopping carts! 

The Cincinnati Center City Development Corporation is hosting the 4th Annual New Horizons Cinciditarod.

3CDC is bringing back the New Horizons Cinciditarod presented by Tri-State Running Company for the fourth year in a row this Saturday, March 5! 

Beginning at noon, hundreds of people wearing crazy costumes will run through the streets pushing shopping carts competing for cash prizes and bragging rights. 

Cinciditarod is a wacky shopping cart race through Cincinnati that starts and finishes on Fountain Square.  It's named in tribute to the Alaskan Iditarod, which is a brutal 1,100 mile dog-sled race.

However, instead of dogs, it's people; instead of sleds, it's shopping carts; and instead of Alaska, it's Cincinnati.

While physically attached to a grocery cart, teams of five push through a nearly five-mile course over the city streets, picking up items on a grocery list and stopping at five mandatory checkpoints.

All of the grocery items benefit the Freestore Foodbank. Food items valued at over $1,250 were donated last year.

Check-in starts at 10:30 a.m. on Fountain Square, and the race begins at noon with 73 teams competing, nearly a 50% increase from last year! Friends and spectators are welcome.

Hang around on the Square after the race for an awards ceremony and party that will begin at about 3 PM.

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