Coffin Races

Beware, the Coffin Races are coming! Come check out Eugene’s inaugural Halloween-themed Soapbox Derby. Lincoln Street from the Skinner’s Butte Columns to the intersection below, will be reborn as a racetrack for a ghoulish spread of hungry competitors. Teams can sign up as businesses, families, friend groups, government candidates, arctic explorers, angsty teens, flesh-eating zombies, etc. All teams must create Coffin-inspired cars. Get creative! As long as your car has functional brakes and steering throughout the race, you’re good to compete.


Heats of Coffin-Racers will compete in 1-vs-1, elimination style races. Every team gets at least 3 races. One champion will rise to the top, with multiple other awards for ‘Freshest coffin, best dressed team and more'. The Finish Line at 3rd & Lincoln will feature live music, beverage garden, food trucks, pumpkin carving, Halloween-themed activities and more.


Saturday, October 27 • 12 - 4 p.m.

Lincoln Street at Skinner Butte Columns

  1. Registration
  2. Race Details & Rules
  3. Liability Waiver

Deadline to Register - October 19 at 5 p.m.

Team with Starter Kit: $300 (only through Oct. 1 - Get 'em while they're hot!)

Team Only, Build-Your-Own: $35


What is the starter Kit?

We are partnering with the amazing team over at Ding Ding Cycles to help people with limited knowledge/time for building to compete in the event by producing a 'Starter Kit' that Ding Ding will help you construct.

The Kit comes with a PRE-BUILT COFFIN RACER. This includes: basic coffin, as well as a steel substructure upon which a coffin is easily attached. This steel frame will include wheels, steering column, and brake mechanism. Everything you need to be up and racing! It'll be up to you to customize your car from there! Make it beautiful, terrifying, intimidating, hilarious, silly, spooky, etc.


Ding Ding Cycles will also be providing shop time for teams that need assistance with the assembly and customization of their coffins, as well as doing day-of safety inspections on all competing coffins. Shop Time dates are TBD.


We encourage teams to build their own cars from scratch! As long as it adheres to the previously listed safety necessities and is coffin-inspired, please get as creative as you'd like.


If you are looking for a coffin a great local coffin builder is Eric Kissel.


Did you purchase a starter kit?

If you purchased a coffin starter kit by Labor Day (9/3), your kit will be ready for pickup by October 1.


From there on out, starter kits will be ready October 14 at the latest.


We are thrilled about how many orders we've received and are developing in batches. 


The new deadline for purchasing a starter kit is October 1, so we can ensure they all get built with enough time to deck them out before the races!



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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Contact Us

  1. Production Coordinators
    For Coffin Race related questions or ideas email us.
    541-682-5542
    Oliver Neill
    Kerry Weeks
    Nate Trowbridge