Dachshund Derby Registration Form 2016-12-25T03:13:33-06:00

Dachshund Derby Registration Page

Nashville Oktoberfest


Small Dogs, Big Impact

Held each October, the Oktoberfest Dachshund Derby is our largest fundraising event of the year. Proceeds benefit Crossroads Campus located in Nashville’s Germantown neighborhood.

Race Date & Time: 3PM ON SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9TH, 2016

Race Location: MORGAN PARK (5th Ave North between Van Buren and Hume)

Online Registration Deadline: 11PM on Saturday, October 8th

Fee per Pet: $15 in advance (Online Registration only) or $25 day of the race

$25 Late Registration is accepted in person at Nashville Oktoberfest on Sunday, October 9 from 10 am to 1 pm at the registration tent on 5th Avenue N by Morgan Park Community Center. Entries made on race day will be put on a waiting list for an open heat. Dachshund Derby cannot guarantee that there will be an open heat for day of race entries. All participants must be checked in by 2 pm.

Dogs will race in heats in the following categories:

Puppy Races: 25′ track, dachshunds 3-10 months old

Mini Senior Races: 25′ track, mini dachshunds 9+ years old

Mini Races: 50′ track, dachshunds up to 15lbs

Standard/Tweenie Races: 50′ track, dachshunds 15+lbs
50′ track, all dachshund mixes over 1 year old

Heats will be assigned at random by event coordinators.


Want to “test run” the track?

Not a dachshund? If the track is set up, all breeds are welcome to “test run” the full race track the Friday and Saturday of Oktoberfest. Dogs must be supervised at all times. We ask everyone to please be courteous; do not overcrowd the race track or touch the race gates. No dogs will be permitted on race track prior to race time on Sunday.


(Updated August 2016)

  • All racers shall be a dachshund or dachshund mix to enter.
  • All humans shall sign a liability waiver for each dog entering the race. Waiver will include a sworn statement that each dog entered is up to date on Rabies Vaccinations. Owners are encouraged to bring proof of vaccinations or letter from their vet.
  • Each dog shall be accompanied by 2 humans, one human to release dog from start gate and one human to catch dog at the finish line. *Helpful Hint: The dogs favorite human should be at the finish line!*
  • There shall be no false starts and dogs must cross finish line completely.
  • Humans shall stay behind the finish line and may not reach across the finish line to pull dogs across.
  • Owners may have dog’s favorite TOY or TREAT behind the finish line to help motivate them during the race. NO Laser lights allowed. NO throwing balls down the track.
  • All dogs shall be registered by 1:00 pm CT day of race. Names for each heat will only be called twice.
  • All Judges’ rulings are final
  • Race Rules shall NOT tolerate arguing with the judges, officials, or event coordinators in any way! You will be removed from the event should any such argument occur.
  • Any dog that is injured before a race starts shall not be eligible to race.
  • No weenie shall be forced to race. This is meant to be a fun bonding event with humans and their dogs.
  • Should judges or coordinators suspect animal mistreatment (ex. over-training), dogs and owners may be disqualified for health purposes.
  • All dogs must be on a leash while not racing.
  • Any dog of any breed shall be permitted to view the events and participate in the rest of Oktoberfest so long as they are well socialized and up-to-date on vaccinations. We encourage you to test run our race track on Friday/Saturday and participate in the Red Rover Pup Parade on Saturday!
  • Any dog that bites another dog, person or handler shall not be permitted at the races.
  • So long as the track is ready, any dog of any breed shall be permitted to “test run” the race track on Friday and Saturday of Oktoberfest. Dogs must be supervised at all times and humans must pick up any mess left by their dogs. No “test runs” on Sunday as track will need to be ready to race!

Have a great time! Live Long & Run Strong!


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


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.


pup parade winners


What Do We Win?!

Just like the Olympics (sort of)! 1st , 2nd, and 3rd place winners will receive a shiny, Official Nashville Oktoberfest Dachshund Derby medal in gold, silver, or bronze colors.

The races are meant to be fun and exciting. A Veterinarian will be on-site during the races as a precaution in case your racers need medical attention.

Thank You to the 2016 Nashville Oktoberfest Dachshund Derby Sponsors


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