Outhouse Racing

Outhouse Racing has become popular over the years. There are lots of outhouse races throughout the United States in most states. They occur in the winter and summer. The Outhouse Race we attended for over 10 years was the Trenary Outhouse Classic in Trenary, Michigan.  Trenary is mostly known for its world famous Trenary Toast made by the Trenary bakery.

Trenary, Michigan Sign on June 21, 2023
Trenary, Michigan Sign on June 21, 2023
Trenary Toast Purchase on June 21, 2023
Trenary Toast Purchase on June 21, 2023

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Trenary Outhouse Classic Race Information

We were invited to the Trenary Outhouse Classic by Patty the Painter. She was a local resident and represented a local union with some racing outhouses over the years. We attended and covered the Outhouse Classic from 1998 through 2008.  One notable achievement of our covering the races was to get the Wall Street Journal to actually come to Trenary and cover the race one year. I had the pleasure of being next to their reporter and I remember he pulled a beer out of his jacket and it was frozen! There were a couple of girls that always had great outhouses and that year, they called theirs The Wall Street Urinal. It was great! We took a long break from attending the races after 2008 but did attend and cover the race again in 2016 representing the U. P. Daily (tongue in cheek LOL). It was still good but there were fewer entries that year than in previous years and all new management.

2008 was our 10th year in a row attending the race. The weather was perfect. We made a DVD video documentary of the race (no longer available) and we can tell you that this year, the video is 1 hour long! We captured some fun and unusual things before, during and after the race. If you were there, you may find yourself on the video. The race continues on so you can still attend a race on the last weekend in February.

2024 Trenary Outhouse Classic Race Information

The 30th Ever Trenary Outhouse Classic  will be held on

February 25, 2024
Get Buck Wild at Da Turdieth Ever

This is a typical Outhouse Classic Race Brochure

Races begin at 2 PM EST

We made several You TUBE videos of past races. Watch the 2008 entry from Northern Michigan University NMU in the 15th Annual Outhouse Race in Trenary, Michigan!

This You Tube video features the 2007 entry from Northern Michigan University’s entry in the Trenary, Michigan Outhouse race. The students entered a classic called Shitweiser, The King of Shit, and it was hilarious! You can see it here:


2007 public pictures are available below. A DVD video was made of the races complete with a bonus slide show of the race photos as well.

2007 Race photos are HERE!!!
The 2007 Outhouse Races Were Held on Saturday February 24, 2007
The 2007 theme was “Put your HOLE Heart Into the 14th ever Trenary Outhouse Classic”.
The weather was just great this year. Subscribers are able to view every photo that was taken at the races this year.
2006 Race photos are HERE!!!
The 2006 Outhouse Races Were Held on Saturday February 25, 2006
The 2006 theme is “Push Your Luck at the 13th ever Trenary Outhouse Classic”.
The weather was COLD and WINDY this year. Subscribers are able to view every photo that was taken at the races this year.
2005 Race photos are HERE!!!
The 2005 Outhouse Races Were Held on Saturday February 26, 2005
The 2005 theme is “Let’s POTTY at the Dozenth ever Trenary Outhouse Classic”.
The weather was fantastic again this year and there were entries from New York, Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan and probably other states as well. Subscribers are able to view every photo that was taken at the races this year.
2004 Race photos are HERE!!!
The 11th Year was Great!!! 2004’s theme for the Outhouses?
“Leap into the 11th ever Outhouse Classic”
Outhouse Racing Rules and Information


1994 – 2004 Outhouse Race Pictures and Coverage

We’re Gonna Glow at the Big 1-OH in Trenary, Michigan
Pictures of the 10th Ever Outhouse Classic held on February 22, 2003.

Get Dressed to Da 9’s in Trenary, Michigan
Pictures of the 9th Ever Outhouse Classic held on February 23, 2002.

Get Privy to Da 8th Wonder of the World in Trenary, Michigan
The latest coverage of the 2001 Races!!

I’ll Be In 7th Heaven at the Outhouse Classic in Trenary, Michigan.
You’ve GOT to see this page!!!

The 6th Ever Outhouse Classic in Trenary, Michigan.
Another Must See!!!

The Annual Winter Outhouse Races in Trenary, Michigan; 1994-1998
Classic Coverage of Classic Races!


2008 Archived Outhouse Classic Race information

Welcome Outhouse Racing Fans!

Note: The rules usually do not change from year to year so these rules should apply to all future years. Secondly, the race is always held on the last Saturday in February. Make sure you email or call the race committee to make sure the race is still being held the year you are planning to attend. Thank you.

The 2008 Outhouse Races were held on
Saturday February 23, 2008 at 2 PM EST
This year’s theme for the Outhouses?
“Bring your dear
to the 15th ever
Trenary Outhouse Classic”
Entry Pins are $1.00 advance purchase and $2.00 the day of the race. BUY EARLY!! BEAT THE RUSH!! All entries will be eligible for the “5” $50 Drawings. There is a number on the back of the pin so match your number to the winning numbers list displayed in the Registration Tent.


Well, take a few moments to read all about it! You will at least be smarter about something you’ve never even thought about…BETTER YET, you’ll decide to believe it when you see it and decide to join us on February 23, 2008.

Home-made outhouses made of wood, cardboard, etc…which are built on skis and pushed by 2 “Racers”. Each year has a different theme. This year’s theme is
“Bring your dear
to the 15th ever
Trenary Outhouse Classic

Some outhouses are very simple and built for speed. Most are funny and some are so elaborate you wouldn’t mind having them in your backyard!

The outhouses are Pushed one-by-one approximately 500 feet down the Main Street of Trenary, Michigan USA. The Adult racers with the best times win cash for 1st, 2nd & 3rd places. Depending on age there’s 5 different categories and there are more prizes for different categories that have nothing to do with how fast one goes (No pun intended, Yah, Right!).


Anyone who has a sense of humor or needs one! Some folks like to build, some like to race and EVERYONE likes to watch!

Main Street in TRENARY situated smack-dab in the middle of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan (Population may be 400 except for the Outhouse Classic day when it reaches 4000 Plus!) You have to buy some Trenary Toast before leaving. It is great and only made in Trenary. The ice fishing in this area is also great. Try some of the local establishments for fantastic fish dinners. They even have a fisherman’s breakfast at some restaurants that give you pan fried trout and eggs!

Every last Saturday in February! This event gets held rain or shine; 30 below or 40 degrees! Dress warmly! (Yep, that makes it an Annual Event)!

Races begin at 2:00 PM EST! Yes! We are in the Eastern Time Zone for those people coming from out of state. Little Kids Races begin at 2:00 PM followed by Big Kids followed by Adults 50 and over! *Must be registered by 1:30 PM EST*.


Fun, Fun, Fun!
Beats Cabin Fever…
Fun, Fun, Fun!
What else is there to do in the middle of winter?
Fun, Fun, Fun!
Good stories to tell your friends…
Fun, Fun, Fun!
Eat Pasties and watch some interesting people in the local firehouse…
Register your outhouse and get 2 free T-Shirts and 2 rolls of our special Autographed Toilet Paper! Fun and laughter is had by all!

The list is endless but it’s important for you to know that the profits of this event are given back into Trenary’s Community!

In addition to the races, Main Street Trenary provides a day of fun, Food and vendors…(You can also buy an official Outhouse T-shirt, Sweatshirt, Pin, Cap or headband in the registration tent).


Build an outhouse with wood, cardboard, etc…, put in a toilet seat and a roll of toilet paper, mount it on skis and PUSH it the 500 feet to win!

Squirts (ages 5-11)
Dingleberrys (ages 12-17)
Stinkers (ages 18-35)
Da Sharts (ages 36-49)
Old Farts (ages 50+ years young)


Kids Races (17 & Under):
SIZE: 18″ x 24″ x 40″ tall
Attach 12″ PUSH BARS on each side
Skis or Toboggan allowed for the runners
Adult Races (18 and Up):
SIZE: 3′ x 4′ x 6′ tal
Push Bars NOT TO EXCEED 16″ on each side.
Mounted on SKIS ONLY for runners
(NO METAL/ALUMINUM – Metal will be disqualified)

There are several categories now that range from Squirts to Old Farts and the Entry Fees range from $20 to $40 and I believe that includes a T-Shirt.



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