CINCINNATI — Cincinnati has a new a top dog.
Each year, the city of Cincinnati kicks off its annual Oktoberfest with the "Running of the Wieners" — a race to determine the fastest dachshund in the city.
In his first-ever Running of the Wieners, 1-year-old Maple and owner Jake Sander snagged first place.
One hundred wiener dogs in hot dog costumes ran 10 heats Thursday afternoon to kick off Oktoberfest Zinzinnati.
Maple comes from a family full of wiener dogs. He’s one of five in the Sander family, and he’s the fastest of the bunch.
“He’s got a thing for running and chasing people who are running away from him,” Sander said.
Sander trained Maple by having him chase Sander’s brother, who is a cross country runner.
Asked if Maple would be back next year to defend the title, Sander said “absolutely.”
Held since 1976, Oktoberfest Zinzinnati is America's largest Oktoberfest celebration.