Coffin Races

Coffin Races graphic by Travis Pendlebury

2019 Coffin Races

Saturday, October 19, 2019

11:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

3rd Avenue & Lincoln Street

Thank you for joining us!

The winners for 2019 were...

  • Speed Demons (First Place) - #17 Edge Motorsports "Pine Box on Fire"
  • Late To The Funeral (Second Place) - #40 Talladega Fights " The Corpse Ride"
  • Smells Like Team Spirit (Best Team Spirit) - #5 Eugene Springfield Fire Fighters
  • Funny Bone (Funniest) - #15 Eugene Pollen Count "Coffin’ & Sneezin’"
  • Most Creative Casket - #10 Dead Bath & Beyond "Roller Toaster"
  • The Creepy Coupe (Scariest) - #16 Eugene Skinner and his Willamettiers
  • Fresh To Death (Best Dressed) - #24 Oops! All Bowies "The Rock & Roll Suicide"
  • Peoples Choice - #34 Land Sharks "No Shame Eugene"
  1. Spectators
  2. Teams

All the Happenings


Event opens at 11:30 a.m.

Opening Ceremony at 11:30 - 11:55 p.m.

Races begin at 12 p.m.

Awards ceremony at 3:30 p.m.

Pit Row:

Check out the creative coffins and racers on pit row. Grab a ballot from the trophy tent to vote for People’s Choice.

Food opportunities include:

  • Venue 252 - offering a pop-up buffet, with live streaming footage of the Coffin Races, delicious soup, sandwiches and cocktails.
  • Wildcraft Cider Garden - experiment with local ciders, beer and wine.
  • The Wheel Apizza Pub
  • I Scream for Waffles
  • Red 5 Hot dogs
  • Most Wanted Espresso
  • Krob Krua Thai Cuisine

Children’s Activities:

  • Decorating your own custom trick-or-treat pillowcase bag
  • Pumpkin carving with power tools
  • Cookie decorating hosted by Venue 252
  • Craft activities hosted by Mecca
  • Bounce Gymnastics - bounce away some energy - special rate $5 per person, 1-3 p.m.


  • Eugene TAIKO Drummers, opening ceremony 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • DJs from KWVA 88.1 FM, playing spooky surf rock, 12-4 p.m.


  • Do you want to purchase a 2019 Coffin Race shirt? PrintWear of Oregon will be selling all coffin race merch at the event. Get ’em while they’re hot!
  • Shop over 10 Whiteaker Community Market vendors. Peruse and purchase goods from local makers and artisans.

Awards will be given in the following categories:

  • Speed Demons (fastest team): 1st Place
  • Late to the Funeral: 2nd Place
  • The Creepy Coupe: Scariest Team
  • People’s Choice: Democratic vote for the people’s favorite coffin!
  • The Funny Bone: Funniest Team
  • Fresh to Death: Best Dressed Team
  • Most Creative Casket: Most creative art-car
  • Smells Like Team Spirit: Best Team Spirit

SMJ Comes to Life (or Death?)

Shelton-McMurphey-Johnson House (303 Willamette St.) hosts an exhibit from 12-4 p.m. We invite you to immerse yourself in the Victorian Mourning rituals and customs. Clothing, food, periods of mourning, photos of the dead. More info

Brought to you by the City of Eugene with support from these local businesses. Thank you to our sponsors for making Eugene a great place to live, work and play!

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The Wheel Apizza Pub logo
Elevation Bouldering Gym logo
Tacovore Logo
MECCA logo
Oregon Social Learning Center logo