Participating in an Iditarod is already fun, but add in some friendly sabotage and it's even better! However...there are rules to sabotage.
Teams can delay other teams for a few minutes with their tricks, but you cannot put a team out of commission or cause them to lose 5 or more minutes. You cannot cause them injury. You cannot make them frustrated to the point of crying. You cannot shoot them with squirt guns full of hot sauce. If these things happen we reserve the right to apply the "cone of shame" to all your "dogs". We found some at the pet store and tried them on...we looked pretty weird!
We had a good game of "capture the flag" going on during last years race which was OK until the cart decorations started taking the brunt of some of the fun. Some teams put a lot of work into their carts so try not to damage their creations and they won't damage yours!
We did hear about (and have some photo proof) of wonderful sabotage! We had a fake Security team last year that did cart inspections. AWESOME! We had a group out taking extensive surveys. SWEET! We had belly-crawling past parked cars to zip-tie some carts to posts, and we had gold W's showing up in the strangest places! It was a delightful display of creativity and enthusiasm!
We had a question this year about spectators doing sabotage. Here is our reply:
We want teams to be comfortable in the event and not worried at every corner or while stopped at every challenge. Teams can sabotage teams, and spectators can spectate (is that a word?). If you want in on all the fun get a team together and come play!
If you have a question about sabotage please comment or send us an email. It certainly is not required or expected, but if well done and friendly it is entertaining to all!