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Royals Hot Dog Derby

KC - Hot Dog Derby Image

Featuring the Hot Dog Derby runners: Ketchup, Mustard, & Relish!

The famous Royals Hot Dog Derby has been a tradition at Kauffman Stadium for decades. Learn more about these lovable dogs below.


The 'Hot Dog Derby' at Kauffman Stadium is a second generation competition that begun as 'The Dot Race' dating back to the 1980's. One of the early animated versions of 'The Dot Race' had various colored dots running past several KC landmarks on their way to the finish line at the ballpark. That video version dates back to the introduction of the JumboTron in 1990.

The 'Hot Dog Derby' race replaced "The Dot Race" in 2003 and fans immediately had an affinity to their favorite condiment. In 2007, the Royals introduced the live version of the Hot Dog Derby race. On the weekends, people in Ketchup, Mustard, and Relish costume outfits race along the warning track to the finish line near home plate.

There have been some great battles down to the wire in several seasons - including some championship run-offs due to a tie in the standings.

The Hot Dogs have acclaimed near celebrity status locally. They have been seen in television commercials, fan videos, and their own very own bobbleheads in 2013!