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Small Dogs, Big Impact

Held each year, the Oktoberfest Dachshund Derby is a crowd favorite and a fundraising event for Crossroads Campus, a non-profit located in Nashville’s Germantown neighborhood. Crossroads provides job training and mentoring to at-risk teens and animal adoptions (info@crossroadscampus.org). Who knew such small dogs could run so fast – or sometimes — not?

Date and Time: Sunday, October 8th at 3 pm

Race Location: South End of Bicentennial Mall

Online Registration Deadline: 7 pm on Saturday, October 7th.

Fee per Racer: $35 until 7 pm on October 7th
Day of Race Registration: From 12:30 – 2 pm at Registration Tent by racetrack on the south end of Bicentennial Mall
Late Registration Fee: $45*

*Day of Race entries will be put on a waiting list for an open heat.


Puppy Races: Dachshunds 3-10 months old (25 ft track)

Mini Races: Dachshunds up to 15 pounds (50 ft track)

Standard (Tweenie) Races: Dachshunds over 15 pounds (50 ft track)

Senior Races: Dachshunds 9 years or older (25 ft track)

Doxie Mix Races: Dachshunds mixes 1 year or older (50 ft track)

Heats for each category will be assigned at random by event coordinators.


All racers must be checked in between 12:30 pm and 2 pm on at the Derby registration tent on the Bicentennial Mall by the racetrack. After check-in, racers will be placed in heats for each of the 5 race categories.

Races begin at 3pm.


There will be no refunds of Dachshund Derby registrations for any reason.


All racers shall be a dachshund or dachshund mix to enter.

No dog shall be forced to race. Any dog that is injured shall not be eligible to race.

All owners shall sign a liability waiver for each dog entering the race. Waivers include a statement that each dog entered is up to date on rabies vaccinations.

When not racing, all dogs must be on a leash.

Each dog shall be accompanied by 2 humans—one at the start gate and one at the finish line.

Dogs must start in the starting gate until the race announcer has called GO.

Dogs must completely cross the finish line. Any reaching across the finish line to pull the dog over by the human is unsportsmanlike behavior and will result in disqualification.

Humans may have a favorite toy or treat behind the finish line to help motivate their racers.

No laser lights. No balls or other toys may be thrown on the track. This will result in disqualification.

Any dog that bites another dog, person, or handler will not be permitted to race.

Judging Officials’ rulings are final. Attempts to argue with Judging Official or Event Coordinators will result in removal from the event.

Have a great time. Live long and run strong!

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