Unconventional Athletes: Outhouse Racers

November 2, 2018

Outhouse racing involves push, pulling, or dragging a homemade outhouse down a racetrack.

In our “Unconventional Athletes” series, we’ve highlighted all different types of wacky athletes and sporting events. None are wilder than today’s featured competitors – outhouse racers.

Dixie Botanicals® is the first company to create mainstream hemp-based CBD supplements. That’s why we admire those who are unconventional and refuse to be confined to traditional ways and thinking. Yes, a growing number of athletes are discovering the benefits of cannabinoids, but let’s be honest. One might call you “unconventional” if you use CBD.

What is Outhouse Racing?

Outhouse racing is a hilarious and competitive race event. Teams of three to five members creating their own outhouses and racing them down the street.

If you’re unfamiliar with an outhouse, it’s a small, enclosed structure that covers a toilet or pit latrine. They’re still common in rural areas and developing countries.

In outhouse racing, these homemade outhouses are put on wheels. Often wearing costumes, two teams race the outhouses down a street or course, with one member of each team riding on the seat, or “toilet,” inside.

The idea of outhouse racing may sound nuts, but events happen every year in many places in the United States. In Virginia City, Nevada, outrace racing dates back to a time when outdoor plumbing was outlawed and angry residents protested by bringing their outhouses to the streets. The city of Conconully in Washington has hosted an annual outhouse race every year for a quarter of a century. An outhouse race happens every year at the Iowa State Fair. In Anchorage, Alaska, outhouse racers compete over a two-lane snow course on skis. You’ll also find outhouse races in cities like Dushore in Pennsylvania, and Mackinaw City in Michigan, where the event has been billed as “The Best Case of the Runs You’ll Ever Have.”

Every city has its own rules around outhouse construction. Most require that structures have three walls, a seat and steering wheel, and reach a minimum height. Some impose stipulations on the type of construction materials that can be used. A few require that the competitor riding inside the outhouse wear a helmet.

Part of the fun is seeing the creativity that goes into outhouse design and how it plays into strategy. But, there is no shortage of athleticism, coordination, and skill. Competitors must have speed. They also have to work as a team by taking off in unison and keeping their legs synchronized.

building outhouse for racing

An “Unconventional Supplement”: CBD

Taking CBD supplements to naturally boost athletic performance and encourage better recovery is also considered by many to be unconventional. Thankfully,athletes are becoming more aware of CBD and how it can help keep the body running at its best.

CBD is an all-natural cannabinoid found in cannabis plants, such as hemp. As a plant-derived cannabinoid,CBD can augment the body’s own endocannabinoids and provide support to the endocannabinoid system, a crucial regulatory network that keeps a wide array of functions balanced and running optimally.

The performance of the endocannabinoid system direct impacts athletic performance and recovery. Once absorbed, CBD interacts with cannabinoid receptors and stimulates the endocannabinoid system. This encourages its efforts to keep functions running at their peak.

That’s why more athletes are adding Dixie Botanicals® CBD supplements – such as CBD tinctures, CBD vape cartridges CBD isolate, CBD edibles, CBD dab oil, CBD capsules, and CBD topicals – into their pre- and post-workout routines.

More on CBD

Learn more about CBD and how it encourages better athletic performance through our blog. There you can also enjoy the other features in our “Unconventional Athletes” series. You’ll find articles on chess boxing, stand-up paddleboarding, motocross, cycle ball, death diving, and more.

Get started with CBD supplements today through the Dixie Botanicals® online store.

Header image credit: Regan Vercrysse, Link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/rverc/43043776395. License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/legalcode. (Original image has been cropped)

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