Great Klondike International Outhouse Race

The Great Klondike International Outhouse Race has been a herald one of the most hilarious Dawson City traditions since 1977. Teams of five decorate their outhouse and costume themselves in their best outhouse-inspired theme, and then run a 5km race throughout the town! What once began as an event between long-distance runners, is now open to those willing enough to challenge the race, and take their seat upon the throne.

AN OUTHOUSE ON
WHEELS?!

Do not be fooled for these are not your average outhouses’! Outhouses were a traditional form of an outdoor toilet during the Klondike Gold Rush long before indoor plumbing existed here in the North, and are still in some areas outside of Dawson City’s limits today. For the race however, a wheeled metal structure resembling a tradition outdoor latrine combined with a rickshaw is used.

Once the teams arrive with their decorated outhouses and costumes, they are judged by a panel before the race starts based on their creativity, design, theme, and team spirit. Some great themes from the past years have included: “Farts Canada” (a Parks Canada team), “The Smell of the Yukon” (a play on the popular Robert Service poem), “Dumped at the Altar” (a team of crying wedding clad runners) and the George Crap Fairies (a nod to the George Black Ferry).

After the judging has been completed, teams line up and the race is on. Teams follow a predetermined route which may involve obstacles, scavenging, but definitely involves some speed defying outhouses.  The race is about 5km in length and requires 1 team member to remain seated in the Outhouse at all times, allowing teammates to trade ‘seats’.

To keep posted with upcoming events, visit
www.DawsonCity.ca/events/

For a more in-depth history, you can read Ken Spotswoods article on this epic race here!

Great Klondike International Outhouse Race

The Great Klondike International Outhouse Race has been a herald one of the most hilarious Dawson City traditions since 1977. Teams of five decorate their outhouse and costume themselves in their best outhouse-inspired theme, and then run a 5km race throughout the town! What once began as an event between long-distance runners, is now open to those willing enough to challenge the race, and take their seat upon the throne.

AN OUTHOUSE ON
WHEELS?!

Do not be fooled for these are not your average outhouses’! Outhouses were a traditional form of an outdoor toilet during the Klondike Gold Rush long before indoor plumbing existed here in the North, and are still in some areas outside of Dawson City’s limits today. For the race however, a wheeled metal structure resembling a tradition outdoor latrine combined with a rickshaw is used.

Once the teams arrive with their decorated outhouses and costumes, they are judged by a panel before the race starts based on their creativity, design, theme, and team spirit. Some great themes from the past years have included: “Farts Canada” (a Parks Canada team), “The Smell of the Yukon” (a play on the popular Robert Service poem), “Dumped at the Altar” (a team of crying wedding clad runners) and the George Crap Fairies (a nod to the George Black Ferry).

After the judging has been completed, teams line up and the race is on. Teams follow a predetermined route which may involve obstacles, scavenging, but definitely involves some speed defying outhouses.  The race is about 5km in length and requires 1 team member to remain seated in the Outhouse at all times, allowing teammates to trade ‘seats’.

To keep posted with upcoming events, visit
www.DawsonCity.ca/events/

For a more in-depth history, you can read Ken Spotswoods article on this epic race here!