Coffin races on Oct. 14 |

Coffin races on Oct. 14

Staff Reports
Enthusiastic teams hurtle their homemade coffins toward the finish line in Main Street Gardnerville’s annual Slaughterhouse Lane Coffin Races.
Special to the R-C |

Gardnerville’s annual event that pits teams head to head in a two-coffin drag race is returning Oct. 14.

Main Street Gardnerville’s third annual Slaughterhouse Lane Coffin Race will kick off at 10 a.m. and won’t wrap until a winning team claims the top spot.

Check-in and late registration will be at 8 a.m. at Heritage Park, off Gilman Avenue in Gardnerville.

The drag race asks participants to travel approximately 250 yards starting at Slaughterhouse Lane at Heritage Park. Depending on the number of entries and classes, the race length may be shortened.

Each team consists of one rider and four runners pushing a homemade coffin down the street. Participants vie for first place while spectators vote for their favorite team, then the fastest duo is presented with a perpetual trophy.

The family-friendly event is held annually to help kick off the Halloween season.

New this year is the Zombie Stretcher Race for children 15 and under. Each team will consist of a “zombie” rider and two runners who carry the stretcher down the street as quickly as they can.

Another addition to this year’s event is a discount that encourages businesses, service clubs, organizations, families and friends to form teams and create their own coffin to race — then up the ante by challenging a rival team. The challenge discount offers $10 off coffin race registration after the team being challenged pays its registration.

Coffin and stretcher teams and vendors are encouraged to sign up soon.

To sign up and for rules, entry fees, vendor space opportunities and other information, go to, or send an email to