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Run, Bud, Run

Posted on Sep 01, 2017 in Halloweener Derby 2017 , September-October 2017

Falls brings cooler weather, football and, of course, the traditional wiener dog races. OK, well maybe wiener dog races are just a tradition here in Seaside.

The 8th Annual Halloweener Derby is set for Saturday, Oct. 28. Check-in and registration will start at 9:30 a.m. with the first races kicking off at 10 a.m. The costume contest (open to all breeds) follows the championship race. It’s the fall event in Seaside — especially if you have four short legs. But two-legged fans are welcome, too.

Last year’s races set an all time record for entries — more than 40 daschuands raced for glory and bragging rights as the top dog of the Halloweener Derby. Pups ran, rolled and inched their way across the finish line (often by being somewhat bribed with treats) through several heats until the champ was crowned. In a close finish in the championship race, Jager took home the overall prize, followed by Abe Froman, the Sausage King of Chicago. Needless to say, the event brings out characters — dogs and humans alike. Seaside veterans Bud and Guinness made an appearance, as well as some travelling favorites, Artie the Wonder Dachshund and friends who, even with two wheels, did their best to race to victory and ended up taking the costume contest crown.

Guests with or without furry friends love this annual event and proceeds benefit local nonprofit, H.E.A.R.T. Animal Rescue.

Registration is now open. Visit to sign up your four-legged friends.

All events are sponsored by the Seaside Merchants. More info at or contact events director, Kevin Boyle, at