You won’t find grey hounds or whippets on this racecourse -- just wiener dogs -- or Daschunds, as they’re officially known. Local Dachshunds, popularly known as “wiener dogs,” will have their day this weekend.
The 14th annual Wienerschnitzel Wiener Nationals kicks off in San Diego on Saturday, August 28th at Qualcomm Stadium Rugby Fields (Near Section J-5 in the Stadium Parking Lot).
Wienerschnitzel doesn’t have an exact specification on how low-to-the-ground the dog’s carriage has to be, but suffice it to say the typical Dachshund is pretty low.
The miniature Dachshund normally weighs less than 11 pounds and it’s foot-long body is usually sustained by inches-high legs.
Spectators thus can be forgiven this Saturday if, while watching the proceedings, they think of a bunch of running hot dogs — which is exactly what Wienerschnitzel had in mind when conceiving the event. The event and much of the national tour are sponsored by Wienerschnitzel, a fast-food hot dog restaurant.
This event is hysterical to watch. This is a hobby for people who truly love their dogs and any dachshund may participate! These dachshunds will waddle there way to the finish line with comical results, while others will run like the wind, well as least as much as a dachshund can. So if you don’t race come out and watch. You will at least come home with a good story.
Date: Saturday, August 28
Online Registration is Now Open!
If you do not want to register online, entry forms will be mailed within the next two weeks.
This year's finalists will receive the opportunity to march with the Wienerschnitzel float in the nationally televised parade.
Any dachshund may participate!
Admission to the event is free to humans and non-racing dogs.
There is a $7 pre-registration entry fee per racing dog and the entry fee includes one owner t-shirt (guaranteed for pre-registered dogs only). The pre-registration deadline is August 20.
Online registration will open in July on our website. Late registrations will be accepted from 8/21 to 8/26 for a fee of $10. Day-of registration is $10.
Online registration will close August 26th at noon, but we will accept walk-up registration the day of the event. Event Day entry is CASH ONLY!
The Wienerschnitzel Wiener Nationals accept vendors with animal related causes and products. In order to view the races, all dogs and their owners must walk through vendor village. This year’s event is expected to draw more than 300 dachshunds and their owners from all around Southern California. Races are free for rescue dogs. No human food vendors please.
For more information on Vendor and Rescue Opportunities, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org