Cheer on the Chihuahuas; Adopt a Dog

The annual Running of the Chihuahuas has been rescheduled from Saturday May 7 to Sunday May 15 because of fowl weather concerns by organizers.  The fun event is free and open to the public, and Chihuahuas, and will be held on District Pier from 2pm to 5pm. Spectators will enjoy cold Pacifico beer, live music, family fun, and of course, the races! The competing Chihuahuas and their humans have a chance for Wharf glory and cash. 

The races match up to eight Chihuahuas in a 70 foot sprint on an official race track on District Pier. The winning Chihuahuas will face off in a championship heat. First place gets a trophy and $100, second place gets $75, third place gets $50.

The Running of the Chihuahuas is done all for a good cause and supports Rural Dog Rescue to raise awareness and to help find homes for adoptable dogs.  Sponsored by El Jimador y Herradura Tequilas, several Wharf restaurants including Hank’s Oyster Bar, Cantina Bambina, Whiskey Charlie, and Mi Vida have drink specials featuring the names of dogs up for adoption.

Participating restaurants and their cocktails and some of the adoptable pups are listed below – scroll over photo for names:


The schedule of events is below:  

  • 1pm – Pacifico Beer Garden opens on District Pier.

  • 2pm – 10th Annual Running of the Chihuahuas begins on District Pier.

  • 3pm – All-breed contest for best dressed dog begins.

  • 4pm – Semi-finals & Championship Heat! See which chihuahua wins it all.

  • 5pm – Pacifico Beer Garden closes on District Pier. Go enjoy an adoptable dog cocktail at a participating restaurant!   

For those wishing to compete, registration is $30 and check-in begins at 1pm on Saturday. The official rules state that dogs vaccinations must be current and should be 15 pounds or less and no taller than 12 inches at the shoulder. The winning dog will be the first to run completely across the track finish line—tail included.  Running of the Chihuahuas Registration.  

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