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Mary Help Center Athletic Field, 6400 E. Chelsea Street, Tampa, FL 33610


Bathroom - Public Electricity Parking


Estimated attendance:  10,000


May 1, 2021


Vendor Application Deadline
April 19, 2021 @ 10:00 am


The Florida Wiener Dog Derby Inc. has appeared on a website of the Purina Company. When asked about how the Purina Company knew about the Florida Wiener Dog Derby, the reporter commented, “My editor stated that this is a famous event and to make sure we cover it”.

The FWDD has run an exhibition race at Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers for the Fort Myers Miracle Dog Daze promotion. It was the first time a true wiener dog race was held in a Florida Pro Sports Stadium. The FWDD has also raced at The Predators Football Half-Time and the Solar Bears Ice Hockey Intermission at Amway arena in Orlando Florida.​​

​The Florida Wiener Dog Derby Inc. has grown in popularity and thus was incorporated into a non-profit fundraiser in 2015. At first, the FWDD supported Dachshund rescues, but since its immense popularity, the FWDD has been asked to host race & competition events for additional non-profit charities. The FWDD has assisted in race events all over the state of Florida during the fall and winter months.​​​

The main Annual Florida Wiener Dog Derby race is now held in conjunction with Riverfest in Tampa, Florida, in Curtis Hixon Park. Riverfest is held annually on the first Saturday in May.

On May 4, 2019, the 10th annual derby was held at Curtis Hixon Park with all previous FWDD Champions invited to attend and proudly display the FWDD Grand Champion Masters Jacket. This year we proudly continue to celebrate 11 years of Dachshund race and competition excellence. With our dedication to excellence, we continue to be part of the National Dachshund Race (NDR) Circuit. We are honored to be a part of this circuit started by the late and beloved Toni Gossard.


General Registration​

This option is for those with a single pup and/or who only want to enter a few of our additional contests.
You will register one pup at a time and race/contest are priced separately depending on which ones you register for. Separate tickets are issued for each event per pup and are NON-transferable.

VIP Option

This is a great option if you have 2 or more dogs that you would like to participate in the Derby and enjoy the other contests at the event.
You can race up to 4 pups (extra pups at only $10 each) and your whole pack (no limit) can participate in ALL our additional contests.
Plus bonus goodies TBD by our sponsors.

Just a quick reminder about registration​​.

Registration is ongoing and dynamic. As we receive entries, each dog is placed into its proper division based on age, ability, and breed. With each registration submission, heat and gate assignments could change. It is for this reason, we finalize registration as divisions reach their limits or 72 hours prior to Race Day. Please be patient in allowing us to complete this process leading up to 24 hours before the race. Please only complete the form below if you have a registration cancelation. For all other issues, please see the CONTACT US section and choose the appropriate contact. Thank you in advance for your cooperation, patience & understanding.

Vendor, Donation, & Volunteer Information

The Florida Wiener Dog Derby is Currently Accepting Sponsorships, Donations, Vendor Applications & Advertising Space for our 2021/2022 Race Circuit Year.

In 2021 FWDD is celebrating 12 years of family fun and raising money for local guest rescues/charities. Our competition entry fees are only a small portion of our fundraising and cover our core operating costs. Our greatest ability to fundraise comes from our sponsorship donations from corporations and companies. During most of our events, we host silent auctions and/or raffles. We also like to award our winning contestants with prize baskets.

There are many ways a corporation could benefit from any amount of contribution. We have several different levels to participate with the Florida Wiener Dog Derby. In-Kind Donations are welcome and an important part of our overall event fundraising.

We are diligently working to organize and prepare for this year’s 11th annual event being held Saturday, May 1, 2021, in TAMPA Florida. This event, like all our past and future events, promises to be a day to remember for our participants, pet parents, rescues, and event guests.

On behalf of all of us at the Florida Wiener Dog Derby, we would like to thank you for taking the time to consider working with us. We are very excited about the opportunity to work with you. For a Sponsorship/Donation opportunity, please take a look at the attachments and fill out the contact form here:

For our 2021 Event, we are accepting inquiries for all Sponsorship Levels.



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