Southern River to host inaugural Running of the Bulldogs

(L-R) Rachel Wright &
(L-R) Rachel Wright & "Bentley", Vonnie Porter & "Spud", Marynka Pino & "Teady Bear", John Becker & "Mack" & Amanda Becker & "Dozer" will all be taking part in this weekend's Running of the Bulldogs. Photo: Jon Hewson. p483608g.

WHAT started as an off-hand joke has turned into Western Australia’s inaugural Running of the Bulldogs.

The German Shepherd Club of WA in Southern River will host the state’s first ever organised bulldog races this Sunday.

The event, inspired by a similar one in America, was organised by the administrators of the Bulldogs WA Facebook page.

Organiser Rebecca Allnatt said the event started almost accidentally and they were surprised how much interest people had.

“I found a video of bulldogs racing overseas somewhere and posted it to our Facebook page and made the joke to another admin on the page we should do this for our next Bulldog Bash event,” she said.

“The response we got for us begging to do it was out of control so we thought ‘why not?’ It would definitely be a first for WA to do something like this.’”

Ms Allnatt said they were expecting a decent-sized crowd of both people and pooches.

“We put a call out for interest before we actually put it together and had a goal to try get at least 50 dogs,” she said.

“I ended up getting 86 bulldogs registered to race with us on the day which was more than we thought we would get.”

There will be five different races on the day based on breed (British Bulldog, Australian Bulldog, American Bulldog, French Bulldog and Mini Bulldogs/puppies under six months).

Each bulldog should have two handlers, one at the start line and one at the finish.

Non-bulldog owners and their dogs are welcome on the day for a gold coin donation, which will be donated to charity.