In a League of Their Own: Pups Bring A-Game to First Ever Corgi Nationals
Move over, greyhounds. There’s a new contender at the race track, and don’t let it’s stature deceive you. Corgis have been quietly demonstrating that it isn’t the size, but the will, that defines a true competitor.
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Corgis Compete in the SoCal Corgi Nationals
The first running of the Corgi Nationals took place on Sunday, May 27, 2018 at the Santa Anita race track in Southern California. Powered by stumpy little legs and a giant sized heart, one hundred little corgis left it all on the race track, or rather, the grassy center of the race track. Here they are heading off at the start of the race:
Cheered by an enthusiastic crowd of proud corgi parents and dog lovers in general, these pint sized athletes started the day by competing in several heats to narrow down the fastest. That led up to the defining event of the day: the top ten sprinted down the track’s dirt race track — the area usually traveled by longer-legged competitors, the horses. Just look at those little legs go:
Corgi racers donned brightly colored, numbered race vests, which many dog-owner pairs opted to accessorize with a touch of costume or some fashionable flair. Most dogs were inspired to get to the finish solely by their owner’s zealous encouragement, while others had a previously agreed upon promise of a hot dog to help power them toward the finish line. Whatever means got them there, it was all in good fun. And, boy, were they in it to win it! Look at those game faces:
Little Legs, Big Hearts, Can’t Lose
The takeaway is never to judge a book by it’s cover; there’s more to corgis than their disproportional little legs and overly fluffy back ends. According to the American Kennel Club, the breed is no stranger to speed. They’re not the first unexpected breed to host a race; dachshunds often host similarly fun-minded wiener dog races and English bulldogs have even taken to the track in past races.
The event was founded by California corgi enthusiasts Dan and Kelly McLemore, who have spearheaded other events, such as So Cal Corgi Beach Day. And while every dog who came out that day is a champion, in the end, one proved faster than the rest. Roi, the official fastest corgi of the day, took home a trophy. You can watch him take the gold in the video below.
Debbie Swanson is a freelance writer, published in numerous national and local outlets. An avid vegetarian, animal lover and reader, she loves learning about healthy eating and finding natural cures for everyday ailments.