Even with breaking in a new rider/runner, the Isanti Redbirds still had what it takes to flush the competition in Saturday afternoon’s Isanti Outhouse Races. The Redbirds cruised to their fifth straight and 11th title over the past 13 years.
The ‘Birds veteran rider, Nate Brutsman, is now outhouse racing in Kansas, so the scramble was on to maintain the team’s lofty standards.
“You know, we were looking for somebody for a long time– had some tryouts– but didn’t really find too much. Finally, last Wednesday we asked, ‘Hey, does anybody on our own team want to do the Outhouse Race?’ Jerad put up his hand and said, ‘Yeah, I’ll do it.’ And the team just did what they do,” explained sage Redbird Outhouse leader Packy Lind.
On Saturday, the Redbirds won each heat by a commanding distance. Describing the annual off-season training mission, Lind said, “Well, (Adam) Westy’s got some sled dogs. So we took the dogs up north, took them through Canada, went through the Northwest Territory, and came back– just taking in the sights.”
“We never take the races for granted– we come ready to go,” added veteran pusher Kyle Johnson.
“I had a great time riding in the Outhouse,” said rookie rider Jerad Adamson. “I was kind of surprised sticking my entire body into the corn meal at first, and after that I realized I didn’t have to get in there that deep.”
“At first, people always want to hate on us, but after they see our great talent come out, they realize we are Isanti’s team,” added West. “Always good to see a good crowd come out for the Races.”
The 2013 Races had several thrilling close heats not involving the Redbirds. In the quarterfinals, the Play Inc. “Urinetown” crew– borrowing the Scotsman/NEWS’ ancient biffy– caught the Lady Birdettes in a photo finish, but they crashed into Outhouse trophy-maker Denny Gilbert and another house. That collision bent the crap out of one of the bike tires on the house, but the young Urinetowners kept rolling all the way to a runner-up finish.
The Curling Club and the DoYouBowl.com teams had two tight matches, as well, with the first-year Curling Club taking the consolation semifinals heat by a mere three feet before finishing in third place.
The Redbirds added more jingle in the pocket with the “Best Costume” trophy, and the Curling Club got the “Best Outhouse” award.
**Next year is the 25th anniversary of Isanti Outhouse Races. Redbird Tyler Schaff: “We would love to see 25 teams for 25 years come out for the races. More so, we would love to see the Rum River Bandits come out.” Added Kyle Johnson, “We do have a blueprint for the outhouse design. It only takes about four hours in the garage, one saw, a couple hammers and beers, and you get it done!”