SALT LAKE CITY -- The Salt Lake City Urban Iditarod is held on the same date as the "real" race each year -- the first Saturday of March.
In the Alaskan Iditarod, more than 60 dog sled teams race across the tundra from Anchorage to Nome. In the urban version, teams of "dogs" led by a musher pull their sleds -- er, shopping carts -- through some of Salt Lake City's most scenic areas.
"These teams of barking humans must negotiate through the unrelenting and unforgiving dangers of SLC's urban frontier," according to a website promoting the event.
As an incentive to run, dogs and mushers replenish lost fluids and share tales of glory at various bars. The course is normally more than 4 miles in length.