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Dachshunds Participate In The Doggone Cutest Race Ever For Charity

Cue the squee.

This may not be the most competitive race you've ever seen, but it most certainly is the cutest. 

A group of more than 50 dachshunds participated in the glorious Hophaus Southgate Inaugural Dachshund Running of the Wieners this past weekend in Melbourne, Australia, according to Getty Images. The race was part of the city's Oktoberfest festivities and while it was really freakin' adorable, it also did some good, raising $3,900 for Dachshund Rescue Australia

Cooper, dressed as a racing car driver chases a competitor as he competes in the Hophaus Southgate Inaugural Dachshund Runnin
Cooper, dressed as a racing car driver chases a competitor as he competes in the Hophaus Southgate Inaugural Dachshund Running of the Wieners Race on September 19, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.

In addition to the main race, there were also events for mini, standard, old and dachshunds with disabilities, according to the Australian Associated Press. The best part? Probably the costume competition, where pups rocked different outfits like teeny hats and adorably zany shirts.  

A large crowd watches as dachshunds compete.
A large crowd watches as dachshunds compete.

Race organizer Scott Highfield says dachshunds are actually pretty quick. 

"They're really fast, especially the minis; the minis move faster than you think," Mr Highfield told AAP. "It's on for young and old as soon as they jump out of the blocks; it's over very quickly."

Mini dachshunds run as they compete in the Hophaus Southgate Inaugural Dachshund Running of the Wieners Race.
Mini dachshunds run as they compete in the Hophaus Southgate Inaugural Dachshund Running of the Wieners Race.

While the adorable race is the cutest competition out there, the concept isn't new. In fact, another Running Of The Wieners took place in Cinicinnati, Ohio, last week as well, according to WCPO. The race, which featured pups running in hot dog costumes, kicked off the celebration Oktoberfest Zinzinnati.

Bangers the mini dachshund barks at a competitor. 
Bangers the mini dachshund barks at a competitor. 

 

 

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