The name alone, Running of the Wieners, promises lots of fun June 11th in Loveland. Add Beaver Brewing Co. and Climb Hard Cider Co. as the hosts and the fun mostly kicks into high gear. Last year’s Running of the Wieners saw 150 dachshunds participate and raised $850 to help Fort Collins Cat Rescue & Spay/Neuter Clinic’s efforts to reduce pet overpopulation. The clinic has performed over 40,200 surgeries since it opened in 2007.

Fort Collins Cat Rescue & Spay/Neuter Clinic

The 5th annual Running of the Wieners dachshund races are set for June 11 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 of beer, hard cider, and merchandise sales for the day to the low-cost spay/neuter clinic for dogs and cats. Also sponsoring the event is Pet Club and Kriser’s Natural Pet.

The races will be held at Climb Hard Cider Co.’s production facility at 245 S. Madison Ave., Loveland, CO 80537Dachshund owners must pre-register their dogs by completing the online registration form at Facebook.com/RunningoftheWieners. There is a small race registration fee of $5 per dog for up to three dogs and $2 per dog beyond that. The registration fee is waived for any rescue groups that would like to race a dachshund that is available for adoption.

Pre-registration is required by June 8 (no race day signup). Mixed-breed dachshunds up to 25 pounds are allowed but will have a separate division. All dogs must be current on their rabies vaccinations and be kept on a leash. There will also be a Wiener Dog Costume Contest with prizes awarded for Most Creative, Cutest, Funniest, and Best Overall.

The entire event is open to the public and free for spectators. Doors will open 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 from several vendors, including Corndoggies, Ripe Tomatoes Wood Fired Pizza, I Scream Colorado, Wynn's Honey and Bedrock BBQ.

“Every wiener is a winner,” and all dogs will receive a participation tag for their collars, 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 $850 to help Fort Collins Cat Rescue & Spay/Neuter Clinic’s efforts to reduce pet overpopulation. The clinic has performed over 40,200 surgeries since it opened in 2007.

For more information, e-mail Big Beaver Brewing Co. at mail@bigbeaverbrew.com or go online to BigBeaverBrew.com. More information about Fort Collins Cat Rescue & Spay/Neuter Clinic can be found on its website at www.FCCRSNC.org. Registration forms are also available at the Fort Collins cat shelter, 2321 E. Mulberry St. #1, Fort Collins, CO 80524; and at Big Beaver Brewing, 2707 W. Eisenhower Blvd., Loveland, CO 80537.