Cincinnati opens its Oktoberfest with adorable wiener dog race

Posted at 3:45 PM, Sep 19, 2019

CINCINNATI — Cincinnati has a new a top dog.

Each year, the city of Cincinnati kicks off its annual Oktoberfest with the "Running of the Wieners" — a race to determine the fastest dachshund in the city.

In his first-ever Running of the Wieners, 1-year-old Maple and owner Jake Sander snagged first place.

One hundred wiener dogs in hot dog costumes ran 10 heats Thursday afternoon to kick off Oktoberfest Zinzinnati.

Maple comes from a family full of wiener dogs. He’s one of five in the Sander family, and he’s the fastest of the bunch.

“He’s got a thing for running and chasing people who are running away from him,” Sander said.

Sander trained Maple by having him chase Sander’s brother, who is a cross country runner.

Asked if Maple would be back next year to defend the title, Sander said “absolutely.”

Held since 1976, Oktoberfest Zinzinnati is America's largest Oktoberfest celebration.


This story was originally published by Abby Anstead on WCPO in Cincinnati.