​​​​Greyhounds Reach the Beach®  is an event for greyhound and sighthound owners.  It is held every Columbus Day weekend n October in the oceanside communities of Dewey Beach and Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.  


The event celebrates our greyhounds, creates awareness of the need for foster and adoptive homes, and raises some funds to support greyhound adoption.  2019 is the twenty-fifth year of this very special event.  The event this year will be held for the first time in the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center (RBCC).


See Updates page for more news about this year's event!  


Started in 1995, Greyhounds Reach the Beach® has been managed by The Grapehound Wine Tour, Inc., since 2015.   It features speakers, vendors, a Blessing of the Hounds, bus tours for you with your greyhound, a Beer and Biscuit Mixer, special deals at area businesses and lots of activities throughout the week.  Vending this year will start in the RBCC on Wednesday evening and continue through 2PM Sunday afternoon.  We have over forty vendors signed up to be with us this fall. 


This event brings greyhound owners and their hounds together from all over the world to celebrate their lives with greyhounds.  The event features top speakers from the greyhound and sighthound world, including behaviorists, adoption coordinators, greyhound trainers, adoption professionals, and international breed experts.   


We suggest that those who plan to attend the event pre-register so that you will receive an E-booklet a couple weeks before the event.  The E-booklet has detailed information that will help you schedule your weekend (or week) for speakers, vendors and activities.  The E-booklet lists planned activities, speakers, seminars, vendors who will be at the event, event schedules, and more.  You may pre-register on this site at Registration.  While you may register at the "door," the on-site registration is a bit more expensive.


News and Changes before the Event  We suggest that those interested in Greyhounds Reach the Beach® sign up for our email updates using the link in the right column below.  You may unsubscribe from our newsletter at any time.   We also suggest that you follow this website, particularly the Updates page, which lists news and information about the upcoming event this October, or that you connect with our Greyhounds Reach the Beach® page on facebook.

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Greyhounds Reach the Beach® sends out an update via email each month letting you know what we have planned for this year's event for speakers, seminars, vendors, locations, special events, hotel discounts and more.


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Greyhounds Reach the  Beach®

                                 October 10-13, 2019                                      It's all about the greyhounds.©         

The Status of Greyhounds Throughout the Ages

During the Middle Ages, and into the Renaissance, Greyhounds achieved a status in art equal to their status in life.  They were pampered, adored and highly valued.  Against all odds, Greyhounds rose from the ashes of civilization to be recognized, as they were in ancient times, as a source of beauty, devotion, and inspiration.  Unfortunately, the allure of Greyhounds today is focused mainly on their athletic ability.  And although this dog's gift of speed is remarkable, you cannot help but wonder if we haven't lost sight of some of the magic that Greyhounds have possessed for thousands of years.


                -- from Cynthia Branigan's The Reign of the Greyhound                                             (Hoboken, NJ: Wiley Publishing, 2004)  All rights reserved.

A Musical Montage   Please check out the new love song montage of photos from the beach done by our official 2015 event photographers, Balance Photographers of Catonsville, Maryland.     Don't watch without a tissue!


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Photos courtesy of Balance Photography, Catonsville, MD

Greyhounds Reach the Beach® is a registered trademark of The Grapehound Wine Tour, Inc.    The Grapehound Wine Tour, Inc., our parent corporation, is a Delaware corporation registered to do business as Greyhounds Reach the Beach® in all three Delaware counties.  It is also an IRS approved 501(c)3 charity benefiting greyhounds and sighthounds.  In 2015 alone, the Grapehound Wine Tour, Inc., through its work in running greyhound events, donated over $20,000 to greyhound and sighthound adoption groups and to the Greyhound Health Initiative.  Our primary focus over the years is to support greyhound adoption by donating  all the money we raise, after expenses, to participating 501(c)3 greyhound/sighthound adoption groups.  We welcome greyhound adoption groups to become involved in this event and share in the proceeds.

Larry and Susie's first greyhound, Caesar (racing name PK Spanky) loved walking and running on the beach.  His pure love of running was a sight to behold.  Sometimes he would jump into the waves after running down the beach.  He loved the ocean so much that we bought him a snap collar with the words Salty Dog on it.  On one oocasion, a fellow camper saw our greyhounds and told us that he had a German Shepherd who was pretty fast.  he wonderd if he might race our greyhounds sometime.  I invited him to watch Caesar run the following morning.


The next morning we were all there.  I rode with Caesar down the beach on my bicle.  Then we turned around to allow Caesar to run free.  Caesar flew down the beach, as he always did, all four paws off the ground, quickly outdistancing me on my bicycle.  I walked up to the camper and asked him what he thought.  He just shook his head said, quietly, "I had no idea."  There was no need to arrange a race.


Our first year attending Greyhounds Reach the Beach® was 2004.