Running dogs (Photo via Facebook/Running of the Chihuahuas IV)

An annual spectacle featuring local chihuahuas racing along the Southwest waterfront in celebration of Cinco de Mayo has been pushed back a week.

The “Running of the Chihuahuas” will now occur Saturday, May 7, not this Sunday as previously planned, organizers announced in an email this afternoon.

“We are reaching out to let you know that given the forecast, we are moving the 5th Annual Running of the Chihuahuas to the Saturday, May 7 rain date,” the email reads. “All other event details remain the same.”

Sunday is expected to be wet and cool, according the National Weather Service.

Photos via Facebook/Running of the Chihuahuas IV



Cantina Regatta (Photo via DC Sail)Sailboats are set to sprint along the Southwest waterfront this weekend in a race to raise to money for youth sailing.

DC Sail’s Cantina Cup Regatta fundraiser is slated to begin Saturday at 10 a.m. Now in its eighth year, the competition raises money to help local children attend the program’s high school and summer camp sailing programs.

The only way to see the race up-close is to get a ticket on the spectator boat, a 65-foot schooner that will sail near the racing area. About a dozen spectator boat tickets remained as of 2:30 p.m. today, according to Traci Mead, director of business operations for DC Sail.

Those who don’t get a ticket on the spectator boat or miss the sailboats dash by The Wharf still can catch the after party from 5 to 10 p.m. at Cantina Marina (600 Water St SW). The party’s $40 tickets cover a dinner buffet and drinks. Both the spectator boat and the after-party are restricted to people who are 21 years old or older.

DC Sail expects to raise $60,000 at this year’s event, Mead said.

Photo via DC Sail


Local Chihuahuas will race along the Southwest waterfront this weekend in celebration of Cinco de Mayo.

The “Running of the Chihuahuas” will return Sunday for a fourth year on the waterfront, between 6th and 7th streets SW. The event for charity will run from 1 to 4 p.m.

Only Chihuahuas or Chihuahua mixes are allowed to race, but other breeds can participate in the best dressed dog and best trick contests.

The cost to race is a $20-per-dog donation, which will go to Rural Dog Rescue. The nonprofit organization, founded by Howl To The Chief owner Kim Hawkins, takes in dogs from rural shelters that have euthanasia rates of at least 80 percent.

Only 96 Chihuahuas can participate in the race. Owners can register their dogs online until Friday.

The Chihuahuas will run in heats that have as many as eight dogs. The winners then will compete for a first-place prize of $150, a second-place prize of $100 and a third-place prize of $50.

Owners must clean up their dogs’ waste and can’t “throw, push or in any way give the dogs a head start at the beginning of the race,” according to rules for the contest. Organizers also noted that the judges aren’t professionals.

Cantina Marina (600 Water St. SW) will host a dog-friendly after-party. The bar, along with The Wharf, On Tap Magazine and Corona, are involved in the race.

Photos via Facebook/Running of the Chihuahuas IV


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