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The Iditarod is the famous long-distance race in which yelping dogs tow a sled across Alaska. The IDIOTAROD is pretty much the same thing, except that instead of dogs, it's people, instead of sleds, it's shopping carts, and instead of Alaska it's New York City.

The sixth annual event happens January 31, 2009. Teams of five will race for cash prizes and glory.

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Who can race?

Anyone. Everyone. You can forward this website to anyone you know.

Isn't it going to be cold?

You can count on it. Might be snowing.

What's the route?

That's up to you. We will give racers a starting line, some checkpoints and a finish line. You choose the fastest path. You will be held at each checkpoint for the facing of trials and challenges that will build your character as you journey toward victory.

Are there rules?

Yes, so many you almost can't count them on your fingers.

Does my team have to bring its own shopping cart?

Yes.

Can we modify our shopping cart?

Please do. As a general rule, you can attach things to your cart, make a riding platform, and grease up your wheels. You can also chop up the cart and rearrange the pieces -- but they all have to be accounted for and present with your cart. Your shopping cart can not be motorized, or pushed/pulled by any other vehicle (i.e. it can't be towed by someone on a bicycle.)

What is this going to cost me?

Your dignity, plus a small fee. Those that register early will pay less this year. Those that register late will pay more. Teams are strongly encouraged to register and pay before the race day.

Whats the big deal about Emmy Noether's Theorem?

Emmy Noether proved two deep theorems, and their converses, on the connection between symmetries and conservation laws. She discovered and proved these theorems which physicists refer to collectively as Noether's Theorem. The work was done soon after Hilbert's discovery of the variational principle which gives the field equations of general relativity. The failure of local energy conservation in the general theory was a problem that concerned people at that time, among them David Hilbert, Felix Klein, and Albert Einstein. Noether's theorems solved this problem. With her characteristically deep insight and thorough analysis, in solving that problem she discovered very general theorems that have profoundly influenced modern physics. We now know that the conservation of energy is connected to the symmetry of time, and the conservation of linear momentum is connected to the symmetry of space, and conservation of angular momentum is connected to the symmetry of rotation, etc.