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Running of the Wieners

The Running of the Wieners is the annual kickoff to Oktoberfest-Zinzinnati.

100 dachshunds will race to be crowned the winning wiener at the Running of the Wieners, Friday, September 121, 2018.  

Check back for 2018 registration! 

How it works

Each dachshund, outfitted in their provided hot dog bun costume, will run approximately 75 feet in heats of ten to their owners at the opposite end. The winner of each heat will compete in a final race to determine the winning wiener dog! Prizes will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners!

The race is free to spectators and we encourage you to bring your family and friends. Beginning at 11 a.m., you can join us for a hot dog or an after-wiener drink in the Herr of the Dog Party Zone at Third and Race Streets.

Race Details

The race takes place the Friday of Oktoberfest weekend on Race Street between Second and Third Streets in downtown Zinzinnati.
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Check-in: 10-10:30 a.m.
Heat 1 start: 11:00 a.m.
FREE to spectators
Cost: $25 (includes all race competition gear including hot dog bun costume and owner t-shirt)

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