Today was the 16th Annual Wienerschnitzel Wiener Nationals Lubbock Regionals competition at Texas Tech University.

Wiener dogs from all over the county gathered to compete in the event, which kicked off at 9:00 this morning. The dogs raced for the chance to win $250 and a trip to the Holiday Bowl in San Diego, California, for the 2012 Wiener National Finals. The race began a number of years ago as a fundraiser for animal shelters in California, and eventually spread across the country.

The final race today was held during the halftime of the Texas Tech Red Raiders game against Texas. 20 pound Sir Richard Ruddiger was crowned as the winner. Check out our pictures of the event below.