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16th annual Wienerschnitzel races held in Mission Valley

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - One of San Diego's lighter annual events begins Saturday in Mission Valley when qualifying races get under way in the 16th annual Wienerschnitzel Wiener Nationals dachshund races.

The fastest 16 out of a field of about 400 little dogs, determined by the preliminary heats on the rugby fields adjacent to the Qualcomm Stadium parking lot, will advance to a Sept. 3 contest at the Del Mar Racetrack to become the San Diego finalist, according to officials with the Holiday Bowl, which organizes the event.

The national races are set for the morning of Dec. 27, before the annual San Diego Big Bay Balloon Parade, when eight dachshunds will race along a 56-foot track. The Holiday Bowl college football game is scheduled that night.

Last year's national champion was "Penny Lane," whose owner, from Los Alamitos, won a $1,000 prize.

Registration begins at 8 a.m., with racing from around 9 a.m. to about 11 a.m.

The entry fee for those who have not pre-registered is $15. Proceeds support the nonprofit Holiday Bowl.

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