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Each team consists of five racers and one shopping cart. Organizations may be formed which encompass multiple teams or utilize additional people who do not run with the cart.

Each team must go from the starting line, to each checkpoint and then to the finish line. Teams may chose the route between these points for themselves.

The five racers in a team must be in some way connected to or touching the cart at all times along the route, when the cart is not stationed at the checkpoints.

While the cart is moving during the race, four racers must be forward of the back wheels of the cart (the "sled dog"position) and one racer must be behind the cart (the "musher" position). Racers within a team may switch positions whenever they choose.

The racers must pull/push the cart on foot for the whole route. The cart may not be motorized, towed by a vehicle, attached to motor vehicles or bicycles, or put inside a motor vehicle.

The same five racers must pull/push the cart for the whole race. Substitutions will cause disqualification of the team.

Carts can be modified, welded, broken, rearranged, and decorated in any way the team chooses. All original pieces of the cart must be present with the cart during the race.

Teams may attach platforms which allow them to "ride" the cart.

Any team wearing spandex is disqualified.

For prizes not based upon order across the finish line, a points system will be used to tally positive and negative accomplishments of each team. Judges and race officials will be at checkpoints and along the route to increase or deduct points for teams. Prizes may be awarded to specific teams, or to organizations of teams.

The Committee has sole discretion over all points awarded or deducted, prizes awarded, which prizes are being awarded, race rules, all laws of physics, what time it is, and what happened in the past, all of which are subject to change without notice.