Dachshund Derby FAQs
Where Are the Races?
The Dachshund Derby will be held in Morgan Park on 5th Av N between Van Buren and Hume in Historic Germantown.
The address is 411 Hume St., Nashville, TN 37208.
What Time is Check In?
Day of race Registration/Check In will begin at 10:00 am, Sunday, October 9. All participants must be registered by 1:00 pm and
checked in by 2:00 pm. If you have not checked in by 2:00 pm, you and your Dachshund cannot be guaranteed a race spot. NO
REFUND OF REGISTRATION FEE.
Where Do I Check In?
Registration/Check In for the Dachshund Derby will be in the large tent beside the Morgan Park Community Center.
How Do I Know What Heat I’m In?
At Check In, you will be given information for your heat group/number.
How Do I Know When It’s My Turn?
The Derby Announcer will call two heats, by owner/dog name, before each heat—the one ready to begin and the “on deck” heat.
How Do Judges Identify the Winner?
Before your race, you will be given a colored bandanna to put on your dog. Each participant in each heat will have a different color.
The bandannas will help judges identify a winner. PLEASE, no color swapping.
Where Do We Wait for Our Turn?
After Check In you are free to enjoy Oktoberfest until your heat is called. The first heat is scheduled to be called at 3 pm. When the
races begin, we encourage you to watch and cheer races before and after your race, but please remember that each heat will only
be called be called twice.
Where Is Water for the dogs?
Water for dogs will be available at or near the registration tent.
Where Do I Get My T-Shirt and Swag Bag?
These items will be given to you at check in/registration or you may be directed to the registration tent for pick up after the race.
What If We Qualify For the Semi-Final or Final Race?
Most groups will have more than one race. If your dog wins a heat, he/she will be assigned a semi-final race. Semi-final race
winners will be assigned a final race slot to determine the winner of the category.
How Do I Race My Dog?
It takes two people to race a dachshund.
One person will hold the dog behind the starting gate and another person will call the dog to the finish line.
When your heat is called as “on deck”, proceed with your team (two people + a dachshund) to the starting area.
Secure the bandanna to your dog.
Once the previous race has cleared the track, and your names are recalled, a volunteer will guide you to the starting gate.
Person one—remove the leash and hold your dog behind the starting gate.
Person two—show the dog your hand, favorite toy, or treat and walk slowly backwards down the track to the finish line.
It is important that your dog see where you are going so they know where to find you.
The announcer will call “On your mark – get set – go!” and the dachshunds are off.
Person two must wait for your dog to completely cross the finish line before catching.
Judges will call the winner. All Judges rulings are final.
If your dog won, you will race again in a semi-final or final race.
After the final race in each category, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will be asked to pose for a photo.