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The World's Craziest Contests

Ken Jacques

Wienerschnitzel Wiener Nationals, San Diego

The Challenge: It’s the most exciting few seconds in sports: dachshund racing. Fifty feet is a long distance if your legs are two inches tall, but that’s the distance these feisty canines travel to outrun their competition—and win the chance to ride a float in San Diego’s Holiday Bowl Parade.

The Scene: Qualifying races are held throughout the western U.S., but the final stretch of the race is in Qualcomm Stadium, on the day of the Holiday Bowl. Any dachshund is welcome, and multiple qualifying trials are held to whittle down the numbers (contestants have been known to practice throughout the year on a doggie treadmill).

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