The family wearing hot dog hats was prepared to win Saturday’s wiener race in downtown Macon.
Their two young Dachshunds, Black Jack and Butterscotch, are “lean and mean,” David Biek said.
“We’re just sizing them up,” he said, scanning the lawn of Cherry Street Plaza in front of the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame. “We’ve been seeing a lot of overweight Dachshunds.”
Nearly 50 of the short-legged, long-bodied canines were signed up for the race, which was delayed for an hour or so due to the large turnout, Macon Octoberfest co-founder Lisa Harris said.
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Registration cost $10 and proceeds were donated to All About Animals, a local nonprofit, no-kill dog and cat rescue organization.
Short-haired and long-haired wieners of all sizes and colors sprinted in a series of heats, baited by treats and friendly summons from their favorite people.
Chubby won the race.
Meg Korpita scooped up the 10-year-old Dachshund and rewarded her with treats and praise.
“I’m thrilled! I’m really excited for Chubbs,” Meg Korpita said. “This is her first race ...She’s so fast. She did so good. I’m proud of her.”
The 29-year-old is in her final year of veterinary school at the University of Georgia, where she learned about the race from a friend.
The grand prize was a beer tickets and a mug.
“I’m sure this means we’ll be back next year,” Korpita’s mother, Eileen, said.
Neither of them had been to Macon before, but the wiener race was reason enough to visit.
“I love Dachshunds,” Meg Korpita said. “They’re my favorite breed. They’re really loyal, they’re very spunky. They love to cuddle but they can also go out on like a 5 mile walk with me. They’re just the best dogs.”
In the end, Black Jack snagged third place.
Butterscotch, the six-week old strawberry blonde wiener dog, “only made it 10 feet,” Biek said with a laugh.
Biek has had Dachshund dogs for the past 20 years and said he loves “that they have these really handsome kind of stoic faces, very alert, very intelligent-- but they have silly bodies. ... Serious up front and silly in the back.”
Even the dogs that came in last were far from the wurst.
Let us be frank, they were all wieners.