Whoosh!...and They're Off!
Racing is the ultimate test of speed for whippets. Six whippets barrel out of the starting boxes in pursuit of a bouncing, fur-covered lure, pulled by a motor down the straight or oval track. Top racing whippets can achieve speeds of up to almost 40 MPH over the 200 yard distance, with the weekend warriors and couch potato hounds not that far behind them. Whippet racing is always done for fun, never for money or for gambling. Top speedsters compete for points towards their racing championships, while the rest of the hounds run for grade awards and the coveted "Turtle Award", which is given for the last place racer in the meet. A, B, C, or D dogs, all enjoy doing what whippets were originally bred for.
Several national organizations sponsor straight-track and oval-track racing, and the NCWFA is proud to offer several CWA racing events every year. If you are interested in racing your whippet, contact Jean Balint to find out about upcoming events, practices, or racing rules.
There are three organizations that sanction whippet racing in California:
WRA: The Whippet Racing Association sponsors straight-track racing for whippets. WRA events are often held in conjunction with LGRA (Large Gazehound Race Association) events for non-whippet sighthounds. Whippets can earn the WRA titles WRCh (Whippet Race Champion), WRChX (Whippet Race Champion Excellent), CR (Companion Racer) & CRX (Companion Racer Excellent). For more information on WRA racing, visit the WRA home page.
NOTRA: The National Oval Track Racing Association sponsors oval-track racing for all sighthounds. Hounds can earn the ORC (Oval Race Champion),SORC (Supreme Oval Race Champion) & OTR titles through NOTRA. Visit the NOTRA home page for more information about NOTRA Racing.
CWA: The Continental Whippet Alliance emphasizes both speed and structure through combined straight-track race meets and conformation matches. TRP, DPC, ARX, & NARX.For more information on CWA racing and to download eligibility documents, visit the CWA home page. CWA is the organization under which the NCWFA holds its racing events.