Similar to straight racing done by whippets in NAWRA, WRA and CWA, eligible breeds of sighthounds race 200 yards on a straight, flat track.
Hounds are graded according to previous racing experience or using the LGRA “WAVE”, a weighted average of the dog’s last three race meets.
Race meets are comprised of three programs with heats made up of a maximum of four dogs.
All dogs must run with properly fitted muzzles and race blankets. Dogs are released from racing boxes or hand-slipped, depending on the club and equipment available.
Winners earn points towards the Gazehound Racing Champion title (12 GRC points). While working towards this title, the hound also earns points towards the Superior Gazehound Racing Champion title (30 NRC points).
The National Oval Track Racing Association (NOTRA) was formed in 1992 to encourage a uniformly high standard of competitive oval racing within each breed of registered Sighthound.
Included is an Oval Racing Championship (ORC) award program designed to reward outstanding racing Sighthounds when they have earned the necessary ORC points.
The NOTRA Rulebook, which has been modified over time via majority voting of member clubs, was created to offer a set of rules that can be operated by local race groups.
NARC is considered an "Other Breeds" club by NOTRA, accepting the following breeds at our race meets: Afghan Hounds, Basenji, Borzoi, Cirneco dell’Etna, Greyhounds, Ibizan Hounds, Irish Wolfhounds, Italian Greyhounds, Magyar Agar, Pharaoh Hounds, Portuguese Podengo, Rhodesian Ridgebacks, Salukis, Scottish Deerhounds, Silken Windhounds, and Sloughis.
The underlying goal and purpose of NOTRA is to have fun with our hounds.