The Redbirds rolled to their third consecutive Outhouse Race championship and eighth total in the event’s 22-year history, which included the incredible five-straight string from 2002-2006. They had a little more incentive to look good since the “Birdettes”– a team a of Redbird wives and girlfriends– were entered in the races for the first time and did okay, taking 4th place.
The Redbirds, with pushers Packy Lind, Tyler Schaff & Kyle Johnson and veteran rider/runner Nate Brutsman, put on a precision display while going 4-0 to take home the top trophy. The Scotsman/Isanti County News team of pushers Kameron Kytonen, Matt Andres, Austin Hunt and aging rider/runner Greg Hunt challenged the ‘Birds in the final winners’ bracket heat but were no match for the champs in the final bout (Curse that slippery cob!).
Team leader Packy Lind always designs a tough off-season regimen to ready the Redbird team for the Outhouse championships. “We took a trip to Mount Kilminjaro, pushed the house up and down it a few times to see how she’d handle the rocks. It felt good,” he said. “Went to Nepal for a couple days.”
“There were a lot of trees down there. You really had to have your oxygen level topped out down there,” chimed in Outhouse veteran Tyler Schaff.
For the 23rd annual Outhouse Races in 2012, what do you have to say to any team thinking they can come in and take the cherished trophy away from the Bird squad?
“It’s good to see a whole bunch of teams show up to take 2nd,” said cocky Coach Packy. Added Schaff, “I’d like to see the (Rum River) Bandits out here, too.”