You heard me right. The running of the Chihuahuas is totally thing and, despite the size of the tiny dogs, it’s big! No, it’s not some crazy dream I had one night after drinking one too many Coronas. It’s not a party in my backyard where everyone gets tipsy and let’s their Chihuahuas run around freely. It’s a legitimate contest and the dogs and the contestants take it pretty seriously.
The Running of the Chihuahuas happens every year in New Mexico, Tennessee, Florida and even Washington D.C. How this hasn’t gone mainstream yet, I do not know. I would’ve purchased/rented/borrowed a Chihuahua just to compete in it. Wouldn’t you pay much more money to see this than the running of the bulls? It’s cuter, cuddlier and it doesn’t involve running away from anything with sharp horns.
So what exactly is this whole event anyway?
Basically, the Running of the Chihuahuas is a party all about dogs. The main event? Chihuahua racing! Although they may be tiny, you’d be amazed to see how fast these little dogs can go! Ask @fridachiquita in our office! This tiny chihuahua only has three legs and still beats all the other dogs when she’s racing for treats. In Running of the Chihuahuas, tiny pups race each other to see who really is the fastest, and to win some pawsome prizes.
The Running of the Chihuahuas isn’t only a race though. Most of the events that are held feature a ton of amazing tail-wagging activities, like food trucks, beer, and other dog contests, such as best-dressed or cutest pup. And the best part is that these events are all held for a good cause. Most of the money raised in the Running of the Chihuahuas goes to animal charities to help pooches in need. Can it get any better? We didn’t think so either.
Brad Steiner is the organizer of Running of the Chihuahuas and said that his one goal when planning the races was to “create Disneyland”. According to an article in the Times Free Press, Steiner said, “The more fun we have, the more fun everyone else has.” Truer words could not have been spoken, Brad.
This year’s race in Tennessee included live music in addition to the race. And the live music was no joke, with big-name headliners like Aaron Carter, AJR, Maggie Lindemann, Daniel Skye, and Symon.
What? Aaron Carter as a headliner! Those must have been some lucky pooches.
“We may not be the Kentucky Derby yet, but this year is shaping up to be our biggest ever,” said Steiner “Not only will we see a record number of racers, but we have the biggest musical lineup we have ever had and a major giveaway to announce soon.”
So where do we sign up? What do you think of the Running of the Chihuahuas? Should there be a Running of the Pugs? Frenchies? Shih Tzus? Let us know which dog competition you’d love to see in the comments below. And don’t forget to subscribe to our Digital Doggy newsletter to get great news like this delivered right to your inbox!