Mainstreet Gardnerville hosts Coffin Races |

Mainstreet Gardnerville hosts Coffin Races

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'Bride of Frankenstein' from Hellbent FX races 'Count Meekula' from Meeks Lumber Saturday at the Coffin Races in Heritage Park on Oct. 10, 2015.

Spirits will be high as businesses, organizations, clubs, families and friends compete during the second annual Slaughterhouse Coffin Races 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Heritage Park. Racers and participants must arrive by 8:30 a.m. Race Crew meeting begins at 9:15 a.m. where one runner and the coffin rider must attend.

The coffin races are similar to Virginia City’s Outhouse Races and is an event in which teams of four runners push a homemade coffin down the street with a rider inside the coffin. The course is approximately 250 feet. The Race Coffin with the 4 fastest times in each class from qualifying heats will run in 2 final heats to determine the first, second, third and fourth place winners. Those four will then compete in the final heats.

Businesses, organizations, service clubs, friends and family are encouraged to form teams and create their own special coffin to race in the event.

The size of the coffin must be a minimum of 1 foot wide by 5 feet long and a maximum of 4 feet wide and by 8 feet long. Any coffin with a width longer than 4 feet will be disqualified.

Each coffin must have a minimum of four wheels that must be in constant control with the road surface and not exceed 8 inches in diameter.

Race Coffins are encouraged to include a logo, company, personal name or other type of decorations, but may not exceed the length of the coffin.

All coffins must be in control by human power only.

All race coffins must include the Mainstreet Logo with race number which will be provided at the event and must be placed on a visible area of the coffin.

Registration to race is $50. It is a family friendly event and everyone is encouraged to participate. For more information visit