McIff is chairwoman of the LARP (Leisure Activities, Recreation and Parks) Committee, one of the race sponsors. Her husband, Brett, is chairman of the Healthy Taylorsville Committee, the other sponsor. The cost is $40 per team, with proceeds donated to the YMCA.
Participants will compete in five-person teams and must be 18 to participate. McIff estimates there will be 25 to 50 teams.
There's no exact measurement of the course, but it's less than a 5K. Participants do not need to be runners and will have 21/2 hours to complete the race.
Team members dress in costume and decorate the carts. Themes from events in other cities have included favorite sports teams, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, construction workers, movie characters and sled dogs.
Local businesses are contributing prizes. McIff said the event also is meant to encourage people to shop locally.
In addition, she hopes that people will look for lost carts that have been abandoned off store property and return them after the competition. Racers who can't find a cart can ask the Harmons store manager at 5400 South and Redwood Road to loan them one, McIff said.
On your mark, get set, go!
P The Taylorsville Urban Iditarod will begin at 10 a.m. March 5. For information and to register, go to bit.ly/f6gd4r.