A scene from the 1976 Outhouse Race on Mackenzie Avenue.

Outhouse Races return to downtown Revelstoke

The Revelstoke Outhouse Race is returning to where it belongs for this year’s Spirit Fest – Mackenzie Avenue downtown.

The Revelstoke Outhouse Race is returning to where it belongs for this year’s Spirit Fest – Mackenzie Avenue downtown.

“I’m calling it the Historic Downtown Outhouse Race because there is quite a history of outhouse races in Revelstoke,” said organizer Michelle Cole. “The first one we were able to find documentation about was in the newspapers from 1976.”

That year, the RCMP won the race and brought the Margaret McMahon Trophy with them back to the detachment. The race was organized by the Kinsmen Club as part of Snowfest.

The trophy was named after a city councillor who donated some money for the trophy.

“She was really a who’s who of Revelstoke from that time,” said Cole.

The trophy was handed out each year but the last known recording of the trophy dates to a 1986 picture in the Revelstoke Review, where it was being held by Susie Cameron. Organizers have been searching for the trophy to hand it out this Saturday.

“We got a hot tip yesterday to check the basement of the Regent,” Cole said on Friday. The tip proved to be a dead end and Cole said she is making a new trophy.

Cole is hoping to restore the race to its former glory, when hundreds of people would line Mackenzie Avenue to watch the festivities. However, when we spoke, she said only the fire department had registered.

“At this point I’m needing last-minute Revelstoke to come up with a few registrations,” she said. “It really would be great to see a great show of community support, both in the audience and the participants.”

The deadline to register is Friday, Feb. 8, at the Chamber of Commerce office on Campbell Avenue. The Kootenay Car Share Co-op is the official organizing team for the event.

“We’re doing it because it has a transportation theme,” said Cole, who runs the car-share program in Revelstoke. “A loose transportation theme.”

 

 

Just Posted

Revelstoke Acrobats bring home nine medals

Gymnastics club leaps to success on trampoline and double mini trampoline

Clovechok speaks to government remembering Field derailment victims

Doug Clovechok, Revelstoke’s MLA, spoke at the legislature today about the derailment… Continue reading

B.C. BUDGET: Surplus $374 million after bailouts of BC Hydro, ICBC

Growth projected stronger in 2020, Finance Minister Carole James says

Columbia Basin Trust offering grants for Community Outdoor Revitalization

Whether it’s a downtown core, plaza or waterfront, outdoor public spaces help… Continue reading

‘Bullet missed me by an inch’: Man recounts friend’s killing at Kamloops hotel

Penticton man witnessed Summerland resident Rex Gill’s murder in Kamloops

VIDEO: 8 things you need to know about the 2019 B.C. budget

Surplus of $247 million with spending on children, affordability and infrastructure

Crash closes highway between Vernon and Lumby

Traffic being routed around the scene

Level nightclub will be closing

Three cougar sightings in Central Okanagan

Two cougars have been reported in Lake Country

Vehicle located in 2018 Shuswap abduction attempt

Chase RCMP say car used has since been sold, suspect still at large

We like it! Readers support the shift in Family Day dates

Readers support the date switch, while Ski Resorts may not

Cougar ‘living’ next door to Okanagan elementary school

Conservation Office has been alerted and monitoring large cat

Dog dies in Kamloops RV fire

According to a fundraiser posted on social media, the cause of the fire was electrical

B.C. BUDGET: Income assistance raise still leaves many below poverty line

$50 per month increase included in funding for poverty and homelessness reduction

Most Read