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Arizona Cacophony Society Announces Phoenix Idiotarod 2014

A Star Wars-themed cart from Phoenix Idiotarod 2013.
A Star Wars-themed cart from Phoenix Idiotarod 2013.
Photos by Benjamin Leatherman

Mischief-makers of the Valley, get your shopping carts ready. Oh, and you might want to fire up your brain cells as well and start conjuring up crazy ideas, too. That's because the Arizona Cacophony Society has set a date for the next Phoenix Idiotarod. And it's a little over a month away.

See also: The 9 Craziest Carts at Phoenix Idiotarod 2013

The local prankster group, which also organizes such events at Santarchy and the Brides of March, recently announced via its e-mail list that 2014's Phoenix Idiotarod, a colorful and chaotic urban shopping cart race, will take place on Saturday, February 8.

The announcement was brief, stating the aforementioned date for the event and encouraging potential Idiotarod participants to begin getting ready.

"Get your wheels turning... start brainstorming ideas, get a team together, and we'll see you at the starting line!" the e-mail said.

A Flash Gordon team from Phoenix Idiotarod 2013.
A Flash Gordon team from Phoenix Idiotarod 2013.

Although the exact location of the event wasn't included in the announcement, we're fairly certain that it will take place somewhere in or around downtown Phoenix or the nearby arts district, much as the previous seven Idiotarods. Would-be racers are encouraged to join Arizona Cacophony's e-mail list or visit its website in the coming weeks for more information about the event and how to join up.

And if you've never witnessed any of the previous Idiotarods bombing around the downtown Phoenix area over the past seven years, it's most definitely a fun time.  

Here's the skinny on how it works: Teams of five people each decorate both themselves and a shopping cart with a particular theme (usually something amusing, satirical, or pop culture-related) and participate in a goofy grand prix that involves racing between nearby bars and checkpoints.

To wit: 2013's Idiotarod featured teams inspired by Star Wars, South Park, Mortal Kombat, hillbillies, home improvement, Chinese takeout, the Costa Concordia disaster, and evil clowns.

Shenanigans -- of the drunken variety or otherwise -- are quite common, including participants completing humorous challenges or feats of skill along the way, sabotaging other teams, or just dousing others with foodstuffs or other harmless substances.

Phoenix Idiotard participants get into a flour fight outside of the Crescent Ballroom.
Phoenix Idiotard participants get into a flour fight outside of the Crescent Ballroom.

Sounds like a blast, right? If so, better gather a few friends and find yourself a shopping cart.

The Phoenix Idiotarod 2014 will take place on Saturday, February 8. More info can be found in the coming weeks via the Arizona Cacophony Society's mailing list and web site.

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