So, when's the last time you cheered on a favored dachshund in a race?  Been a while?

The7th annual Running of the Wieners dachshund races are set for May 19, 2018 and will benefit Fort Collins Cat Rescue & Spay/Neuter Clinic. The event is being hosted by Big Beaver Brewing Co. and Climb Hard Cider Co., which are donating a portion of their proceeds sales for the day to the low-cost spay/neuter clinic for dogs and cats.

Fort Collins Cat Rescue & Spay/Neuter Clinic

The races will be held at Climb Hard Cider Co.’s production facility at 245 S. Madison Ave., Loveland, CO 80537. Dachshund owners must pre-register their dogs by completing the online registration form at RunningoftheWienersLoveland.com by May 17.

The entire event is open to the public and spectators are welcome. Doors will open to the public at 11 a.m. and pre-registered competitors may begin checking in at noon. The wiener dog races will run from 1-4:30 p.m. Non-alcoholic beverages and food will also be available for purchase.

“Every wiener is a winner,” and each dog will receive a participation ribbon, with gold, silver and bronze medals awarded in each division. After a final race among all of the gold-medal winners, trophies will be awarded to the first-, second- and third-place dachshunds.

Last year’s Running of the Wieners saw 150 dachshunds participate and raised over $1,000 to help Fort Collins Cat Rescue & Spay/Neuter Clinic’s efforts to reduce pet overpopulation. The clinic has performed over 53,000 surgeries since it opened in 2007.