Phoenix Idiotarod Brings Surreal Shopping Carts, Crazy Costumes, and Chaotic Fun to Downtown Phoenix This Weekend

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Benjamin Leatherman
A Monty Python-inspired cart from last year's Idiotarod.

One aspect of the Idiotarod that's staying the same is the humorous, outlandish, and downright bizarre themes that each team designs both its costumes and cart around each. Per the Arizona Cacophony's Idiotarod webpage, the field of competitors this weekend will include teams utilizing themes inspired by such disparate subject matter as Super Mario Bros., the old PBS educational show 3-2-1 Contact, the Valley's own Grumpy Cat, and coulrophobia (a.k.a. the fear of clowns).

Sierra and other organizers aren't privy to what sort of craziness each Idiotarod ensemble will come up with for their costumes and carts, save for the name of the team. Based on some of the salacious, surreal, and strange monikers being used by participating teams this year - including "FBI (Fucking Bullshit Investigators)," "Moonshiners: Drunk and Stupid," "Star Whores," and "The Price is Wrong" - they're expecting some memorable results, to say the least.

"It's always hush hush [and] I really don't know what to expect," Sierra says. "On race day, it's pretty cool to see what each one of these teams, how elaborate they got with their cart and with their costumes too."

Sierra has been involved with a rather, um...unforgettable carts himself, like when he and some friends transformed a shopping trolley into a mobile version of the Human Centipede.

"Basically you had these guys in tighty whities with a little strap hooked to the back of it," Sierra says. "And the first team member would put on the tighty whities and the guy behind him would put the strap behind his head and put on another pair of tighty whities with a strap hooked to the back, and so on."

(Feel free to utilize some mental bleach if necessary.)

Sierra's shudder-inducing shopping cart isn't the only memorable Idiotarod entry in recent editions of the race, he says.

"We've seen everything from a team of nurses giving abortions, their sabotaged fetuses were being thrown and flung all over the place, to [something] as simple as a hot dog cart team that was spraying catsup and mustard on everybody as their sabotage," he says.

He fully expects to witness similar shenanigans on Saturday at this year's Idiotarod.

"It's going to be insane," says.

Phoenix Idiotarod 2013 kicks off at 1 p.m. on Saturday, February 9, at Margaret T. Hance Park. The event is free to watch.


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