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For the past 17 years the community of Nemo has come together to host the Nemo 500 Outhouse Races to support the NajaShriners.

The event raised funds for the Shriner’s Children Transportation Fund, to move children between different clinics when needed. There are three different races with participants constructing and decorating their own houses that a team pushes around a track....WATCH VIDEO


NEMO, S.D. — Racing in the cold and on ice doesn’t sound like a great time. But masses in Nemo were excited to support and race for a good cause.

It was the 15th annual Nemo 500 Outhouse Races, and turnout was fantastic.

Teams were formed by various organizations around the Black Hills, including two teams from Ellsworth Air Force Base....WATCH VIDEO

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FEB 29, 2020

Come to the Nemo 500 Outhouse Races for a fun, free outdoor family event that raises funds for the Naja Shriners Children's Transportation Fund.

Put together a team of five, create an outhouse and run our wild race for a chance to win a brag-worthy travelling trophy...READ MORE

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South Dakotans rev up for outhouse races

Feb, 2020

PIERRE – People are once again racing homemade, mobile outhouses in a western South Dakota event known as the Nemo 500.

Co-founder Troy Saye says a small crowd of around 100 turned out the first year, despite snowy conditions. The event has drawn as many 1,100 people in recent years, and he expects about a dozen teams will take part in the eighth annual race this year... READ MORE

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Five years ago Pete Adkins never would have thought he would be wearing a Shriners’ Fez and preparing for his first outhouse race in Nemo.

Adkins of Rapid City joined the philanthropic organization four years ago after his son Marshall, then just a year old, needed an amputation for a birth defect that caused his foot to grow toward his knee. With the help of the Shriners, his son learned to walk wearing a prosthetic leg.

“When you see a child with a smile on their face and walking, it is amazing,” Adkins said. "It's pretty special."

Wild costumes and middle school toilet humor swarmed over the small mountain town of Nemo at the ninth annual “Nemo 500” Outhouse Races on Saturday, where the “Super Mario Farts” team comprised of teachers won their sixth title in seven years...READ MORE



It may seem odd — or a little hillbilly — but it’s something you cannot knock until you’ve tried it, that is the Nemo 500 Outhouse Races.

The first year the outhouse races were held as a way to encourage friends, neighbors, and customers to come out and rid themselves of the "cabin fever" syndrome that accompanies long, cold winters in South Dakota.

The race is against the clock with the best time winning. Halfway through the race the team members must do a drill consisting of putting colored toilet paper rolls on color-coded toilet plungers, then continue to the finish. There are three age divisions. Each division receives first, second, and third place trophies made to look like tiny outhouses... READ MORE

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