It’s Potty Time: Participants, attendees have ‘roarin’ time at races

TRENARY – Participants from Escanaba flushed out some unique awards, equipped with toilet paper, during the 20th annual outhouse races in Trenary on Saturday.

The theme of the day was “Roarin’ 20th Ever Trenary Outhouse Classic.” For two decades, the potty races have taken place along main street in downtown Trenary, mainly for something to do in the wintertime, said organizers.

“It looks like everything went really well. Mother Nature, thank God, came through Saturday,” said treasurer Dianne Peterson on Sunday, adding, “Everyone had a really good time.”

Several teams of racers showed up to push homemade outhouses on the 500-foot track of snow while onlookers cheered them along on both sides. Participants came from across the region and as far away as Indiana. Two teams from Escanaba placed in their age categories.

Lindsay King and Scott Coshenet, of Escanaba, took home a first-place wooden outhouse trophy in the Old Farts Category for those 50 and over. They made it a-“head” of their opponents, running down the track in just under 46 seconds, pushing their flusher named “Gold Rush.”

In the 36-to-47-year-old category, Escanaba resident Paul Cady and former Escanaba resident Mark Ostrander – who traveled all the way from Milwaukee to be in the race – placed second with their entry “Gangnam Style.”

The team also earned the “Best Presentation” award with its potty on skis. Their finish time of 36.11 seconds did not include time out for any of the popular Gangnam dance moves but their outhouse was equipped with two pony sticks.

This is the third year Cady has participated in the race despite the fact that he knew what he was getting into because he’s witnessed the Yooper oddity for several years while growing up in Trenary.

A team from Skandia recorded the fastest time of the day. “Don’t Knock, Just Tap,” placed first in the Stinkers Category for those aged 21-35 years. Keith Maki and Jake Colantonio finished the stretch in 26.01 seconds, pushing a keg outhouse in their BVD’s.

Their lack of pants could have had something to do with achieving the fastest speed in all categories on Saturday.

The pair did show up in some respectable coveralls when they accepted their trophy.

Though a lot of fun was had by everyone involved, the event also served a more serious purpose of raising funds for the community, explained Peterson.

Proceeds from the event go towards the school including a greenhouse and a senior scholarship at Superior Central. Monies have also been donated to the community to pay for benches, flowers, trees, and playground equipment. Organizations benefitting from the outhouse funds include the Lions Club and St. Vincent de Paul.

For more race results, visit the Trenary Outhouse Classic on Facebook.