The Sausage Race is a race of sausage mascots held before the bottom of the sixth inning at every home game of the Milwaukee Brewers. The Sausage Race is a promotion for the Klement's Sausage Company, located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, whose sausages are served at Miller Park, the home of the Brewers. The mascots are officially known as Klement's Racing Sausages.
The race started in the early 1991s with just three sausages - the bratwurst, the Polish sausage (kielbasa), and the Italian sausage. Since then, two new sausages have joined the race - the hot dog, introduced in the mid-1990s, and the chorizo, which was unveiled and eventually joined the race in the mid-2000s (decade).
 Klement's Racing Sausages
There are five Klement's Racing Sausages (mascots). Their official names are given by the race's sponsor:
- #1, Bratwurst (nickname: Brett Wurst ) is a bratwurst and wears green Austro-Bavarian lederhosen.
- #2, Polish Sausage (nickname: Stosh ) is a Polish sausage and wears dark sunglasses and a blue and red rugby shirt.
- #3, Italian Sausage (nickname: Guido ) is an Italian sausage and wears a chef's outfit.
- #4, Hot Dog (nickname: Frankie Furter ) is a hot dog and wears a baseball uniform.
- #5, Chorizo (nickname: Cinco ) is a chorizo and wears a sombrero.
Most fans refer to the sausages as Brat, Polish, Italian, Hot Dog and Chorizo.
Employees of the Milwaukee Brewers or Miller Park usually run the race. Donning over-sized foam sausage costumes that measure seven feet, three inches (2.21 meters) from the top of the head to the knees of the runners, the contestants start their race between the dugout and the baseline around third base. They sprint down the warning track, around home plate and continue toward first base.
The sausages appear at many local charity events, including an annual 5K run/walk in their honor, with proceeds going to Brewers Community Foundation, and are available for personal appearances on non-game days. They also have a twice yearly home-and-home relay race against their Pittsburgh Pirates counterparts, the Racing Pierogies.
The sausages have starred in two SportsCenter spots for ESPN. The first, set at ESPN's cafeteria, was shown at Miller Park on May 19, 2006. The second features them in a parody of the Running of the Bulls with ESPN employees.
The race originated as a scoreboard animation in the early 1990s. The Associated Press quotes Laurel Prieb, former Brewers vice president, as saying the actual sausage mascots were introduced "as a lark" around 1995, and only on Sundays, to appease kids in the crowd.
The first live sausage race took place on Sunday, May 29, 1994, the day the Brewers retired Robin Yount's number 19 jersey. The race animation began on the replay board at County Stadium. As the theme from Chariots of Fire played and the cartoon sausages made their way around Milwaukee en route to County Stadium, the sausages appeared in live form for the first time from the left field fence and raced to what would become a legendary Milwaukee Brewers tradition.
By 2000, the final year of County Stadium, the costumed racers had become a full-time attraction. The last ever Sausage Race at County Stadium took place on September 28, 2000 and was won by the Bratwurst.
There were only three sausages when the race was introduced: the bratwurst, the Polish sausage and the Italian sausage. The hot dog was not introduced until the mid-1990s.
 Randall Simon incident
On July 9, 2003, Randall Simon, then the first baseman of the Pittsburgh Pirates, hit the head of a runner's costume with a baseball bat. The tap didn't hit the actual head of Mandy Block, who was wearing the Italian sausage costume, but it did knock her over, and she took the hot dog down with her. The Polish sausage helped the Italian sausage up and all sausages finished the race. Simon was arrested, fined, and suspended by Major League Baseball for three games. He later apologized. Block asked only that the offending bat be autographed and given to her. Simon obliged. Later that year, Mandy Block received a complimentary trip to Curaçao, Simon's home island, from the Curaçao Tourism Board. Since the incident, T-shirts and other memorabilia have been sold with the slogan "Don't whack our wiener!"
Simon was traded to the Chicago Cubs later that season for reasons unrelated to the incident. He returned to Milwaukee with the Cubs for a series against the Brewers. During the first game, Simon's teammates playfully held him back as the sausages raced past their dugout, and manager Dusty Baker guarded the bat rack. In that same game, Simon purchased Italian sausages for a randomly chosen section of the crowd.
On October 1, 2008, the Brewers traveled to Philadelphia to play the Philadelphia Phillies in Milwaukee's first post-season game since the 1982 World Series. In the middle of the 6th inning, three feebly dressed sausages appeared from the left field gate of Citizens Bank Park in what proved to be a mockery of the Miller Park tradition. The three sausages were then accosted by the Phillie Phanatic at home plate, to the delight of the Phillies fans. Simon, who played for the Phillies in 2006, was invited back and received loud cheers as he hit the fake sausages with a large plastic bat. Most fans understood the reference, and laughed that Simon was invited back for the gag.
In Washington, DC, the Washington Nationals have made fun of them, calling them the "un-Racing Sausages" during Brewers visits to the nation's capital in the Presidents Race, featuring runners dressed in oversized costumes representing the four Presidents on Mount Rushmore — George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt — which began when Ted Lerner took over ownership of the team in 2006; the live action version replacing a computerized animation version. This stems from a negative response by Brewers management after the Nats invited them for match races similar to those with Pittsburgh's racing pierogies staged annually; however, the Brewers refused to partake in these events. As a response, the Nationals made cardboard copies of the Brewers' racers, naming them “Un-talian sausage,” “No-Lish Sausage,” “Not-Dog,” “Not-Wurst,” and “Choriz-No.”
 The Chorizo joins the race
The Chorizo was added for the 2006 season to commemorate Latino contributions to the game of baseball, as well as to acknowledge the Brewers' growing Latino fanbase. It ran its first race (and the only one of the 2006 season) on Saturday, July 29 to celebrate Cerveceros Day (cervecero translates to beer-maker or maker of beer, i.e., brewer, in Spanish; the Brewers also wore Cerveceros jerseys on this day). However, the Chorizo did not become a regular participant in the Sausage Race until the 2007 season because of an MLB rule stating that a team may not introduce a new mascot in the middle of a season.
 The Italian goes missing
On February 27, 2013, news outlets reported that the Italian sausage costume was missing. According to police, eyewitnesses saw someone wearing the costume leaving the Milwaukee Curling Club in the Milwaukee suburb of Cedarburg the evening of February 16, proceeding to visit several bars in the area and pose for photographs with patrons before disappearing. Rewards offered for the costume's safe return included year's supplies of mustard and sauerkraut from local businesses, but these went unclaimed as the costume was ultimately dropped off in a hurry at a Cedarburg bar on February 28 by two unidentified men.
 Notable contestants
Ball players Mark Grace, Pat Meares, Geoff Jenkins and Hideo Nomo have raced as sausages. A handful of sports journalists have also raced as well as former Green Bay Packers wide receiver Javon Walker, who participated in the race in 2004. Casey McGehee's son Mack has raced as a Little Weenie. Participation is not open to the general public.
 Other races
Also see Mascot race
- How it All Started
- "Milwaukee Brewers Sausage 1 "Brett Wurst" Mascot Patch - MLB.com Shop". Shop.mlb.com. Retrieved 2012-07-26.
- "Milwaukee Brewers Sausage 2 "Stosh" Mascot Patch - MLB.com Shop". Shop.mlb.com. Retrieved 2012-07-26.
- "Milwaukee Brewers Sausage 3 "Guido" Mascot Patch - MLB.com Shop". Shop.mlb.com. Retrieved 2012-07-26.
- "Milwaukee Brewers Sausage 4 "Frankie Furter" Mascot Patch - MLB.com Shop". Shop.mlb.com. Retrieved 2012-07-26.
- "Milwaukee Brewers Sausage 5 "Cinco" Mascot Patch - MLB.com Shop". Shop.mlb.com. Retrieved 2012-07-26.
- Brewers/Klements Racing Sausages - A Historical Perspective
- Presidents Mock Milwaukee With "Un-Racing Sausages", Let Teddy Win" Blog, 25 August 2009
- Chorizo represents growing Latino population in Wisconsin
- Brewers' Italian Sausage is Missing
- Report: Sausage costume returned
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- The Racing Sausages page at Klement's website, including a sausage race video game
- Racing Sausages page at the Brewers' website
- Brewers Press Release: Chorizo joins Racing Sausages
- The Racing Sausages at The Greater Woodstock Baseball Association charity event[dead link]
- Racing Sausages T-Shirts[dead link]
- New Sausage added[dead link]