PETCO is Bringing the Derby Back

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Hamsters Set to Race in Stores Nationwide

Back by popular demand, PETCO's National Hamster Ball Derby is rolling to a PETCO location near you on Saturday, March 31, at 2 p.m. Last year's race drew more than 14,000 racing hamsters and their cheering human companions.

Using hamster balls as their vehicles, hamsters will race down an eight-foot track in heats of four (hopefully, but not necessarily, toward the finish line).

First-place winners at each store will win their very own Hamtrac Circle Track from Super Pet, a hamster-size trophy and, of course, bragging rights. Prizes will also be awarded to second- and third-place winners! All participants will receive a Certificate of Participation.

Participants will need to have their own hamsters and hamster balls to participate. Registration for the race is free. Spectators are encouraged to join in and cheer on their favorite competitors.

The American Pet Products Manufacturers Association (APPMA) reports that there are approximately 9.6 million pet hamsters in the U.S., and each year, hamster owners spend more than $336 million on supplies and toys for their furry friends.

For more information and to find a participating location near you, visit

PETCO is a privately held specialty retailer that provides products, services and advice that make it easier for our customers to be great pet parents. We operate more than 850 stores in 49 states and the District of Columbia, as well as a leading pet products and information destination at Our nonprofit organization, The PETCO Foundation, has raised more than $34 million since its inception in 1999 to help promote and improve the welfare of companion animals. In conjunction with the foundation, we work with and support more than 4,200 local animal welfare groups across the country to help find homes for more than 200,000 adoptable animals every year.


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