The Running of the Wieners is set for June 13 and will benefit Fort Collins Cat Rescue & Spay/Neuter Clinic. The event is being hosted by Big Beaver Brewing Co. and Climb Hard Cider Co., which are donating a portion of their proceeds of beer, hard cider and merchandise sales for the day to the low-cost spay/neuter clinic for dogs and cats.
The fourth annual dachshund races will be held at Climb Hard Cider’s production facility at 245 S. Madison Ave. in Loveland. Dachshund owners must pre-register their dogs by completing the online registration form at www.BigBeaverBrew.com. There is a small race registration fee of $5 per dog for up to three dogs and $2 per additional dog. The registration fee is waived for any rescue groups that would like to race a dachshund that is available for adoption. Pre-registration is required by June 10 (no race day sign up). Mixed-breed dachshunds up to 25 pounds are allowed, but will have a separate division. All dogs must be current on their rabies vaccinations and be kept on a leash.
The event is open to the public, and spectators are welcome. Doors will open to the public at 11 a.m., and pre-registered competitors may begin checking in at noon. The wiener dog races will run from 1-4:30 p.m. Non-alcoholic beverages and food will also be available for purchase from several vendors.
“Every wiener is a winner,” and each dog will receive a participation ribbon with gold, silver and bronze medals awarded in each division. After a final race among all of the gold-medal winners, trophies will be awarded to the first-, second- and third-place dachshunds.
Last year’s Running of the Wieners saw 130 dachshunds participate and raised more than $1,000 to help the Fort Collins Cat Rescue & Spay/Neuter Clinic’s efforts to reduce pet overpopulation. The clinic has performed more than 33,800 surgeries since it opened in 2007.