That’s why the annual Great Sapphire Outhouse race is a must do or must see. From 1 to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 15, at Sapphire Valley Ski Resort, enjoy the spectacle, er... party as three-member teams of racers compete to send their outhouse and “driver” down a 120-foot-long, snow-packed track.
All proceeds go to the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society, and it’s all in good fun, said Chris Grimshawe, marketing director for Sapphire Valley Resort.
“Winning the outhouse race may prove to provide the winner with instant recognition, increased sales at their business, unsolicited cash donations, invitations to black tie events in Hollywood and Paris, and unimaginable improvement to their overall appearance,” he said. “It’s a coveted award. It generates enough money to have a good time.”
The teams include three members, one of whom must be seated inside the outhouse, which will be mounted on skis, while the other two push the structure for the first 30 feet. From then on the outhouse and the “driver” are on their own, Grimshawe said.
Racers must build a structurally sound “outhouse,” according to race regulations, or rent one for $25 from the resort. The entry fee is $100. Drivers must be at least 16.
A static parade will be held at 2:30, where race goers can view the structures. For more information, visit www.skisapphirevalley.com or call Grimshawe at 743.2251 or Steve Martell at 743.6159.
— By Melanie McConnell