Idiotarod wants ETSU students to participate
Published: Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, September 4, 2013 21:09
Organizers of the Tennessee Idiotarod are looking for ETSU students to participate in their inaugural event. The 5K Race will take place Sept. 28 at Kingsport Oktoberfest.
“This is a perfect event for students, and since it involves getting a team of people together it’s perfect for student groups, fraternities and sororities. You’ve got to see this event to believe it,” said organizer Stephanie Carson.
The Tennessee Idiotarod is a shopping cart race in which teams of five people grab onto or tie themselves to a (sometimes modified) grocery store shopping cart and run through the streets of Kingsport.
The Idiotarod is named after a thousand-mile dog sled race in Alaska.
The race usually features people in costumes and themed carts. Teams are asked to bring canned goods to benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee.
When asked why create such an event at Kingsport Oktoberfest, one of the event organizers, Stephanie Carson said, “Why not? We’re all about having fun and inviting the community to participate in our festival. I am sure this is going to be fun for both participants and spectators.”
What makes this year all the more interesting is that Idiotarod organizers have been contacted by a national cable show to feature teams involved with the event. Producers are looking for candidates now.
Teams must consist of three to five people and registration is $20 per person.
Registration and rules information is available at www.kingsportoktoberfest.com.
The Tennessee Idiotarod is part of the 2013 Kingsport Oktoberfest which also offers a Craft Bier Garden, Wiener Dog Race, Corn Hole Competition, live music and more.