SEPT 1, 2019

Regions: Klondike Communities: Dawson City
Themes: Heritage & Culture Categories: Festivals and Events

That’s not victory you’re smelling.

Dawson has a lot of great events and festivals, but, frankly, this one kind of stinks. Or at least you’d think it would. Since the 1970s, the Great Klondike International Outhouse Race has become a strange and exciting local tradition that combines (if you haven’t guessed it yet) running and outhouses.

Every year, teams of five come together to choose their name, pick a theme, and design a one-of-a-kind rickshaw-like “porta-potty” to tow across a predetermined 5-km route. But before the race begins, competitors face the judging panel and perform their team cheer for the crowd. Scores are then awarded based on creativity, theme, design and spirit. Once the judging stage is complete, the runners line up and the race is on.

Along the way, teams face plenty of challenges, including obstacles, scavenger hunts, and, of course, finishing the race. Notable groups who have graced the race course include: “Farts Canada,” “The Smell of the Yukon,” and “Dumped at the Altar.” But there’s always room for new teams with can-doo-doo attitudes. So come out and watch as competitors put their fitness, creativity, and noses to the test.

Phone: 867-993-5575

Art and Margaret Fry Arena