The Fast & The Furriest®


Join Us for Our Annual Fundraiser2-dogs-in-pool  

Last year was one of our biggest and most successful events ever and we have our sights set high again this year. Mark your calendar for Saturday, June 2, 2018, for The Fast & The Furriest®. Join us for our 12th Annual 10K, 5K, dog walk, and pet festival, which will again feature live music, food trucks, sponsor giveaways, vendors, pet contests, and a variety of activities for you, your family and your pets. Come out and help us celebrate our love of animals and our city.

The event is located at Rochester Animal Services, 184 Verona Street, Rochester NY 14608 and Brown Square Park, which is right across the street. There is free parking (although donations are appreciated) in the Kodak / Carestream Lot D on the corner of Brown Street and Verona Street, with access from Oak Street.

Special Features for 2018 

  • Rabies & DAPP Vaccinations (9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.)
  • Microchip Clinic (dogs and cats eligible)
  • On-site dog licensing for City residents ($8.50 altered, $20.50 unaltered)
  • Discounted pet adoptions at Rochester Animal Services ($10 cats and $20 dogs)
  • Food Trucks and Carts
  • Play Yard Demonstration
  • Rescue Groups on site

Note: There will be road closures in the Brown Square Park Area as well as along the Race Routes. Be sure to review the road closures and if necessary, the alternate routes into the parking area.

Tentative 2018 Event Schedule

7:00 a.m.        Race Registration
8:00 a.m.        10K Race Start on Plymouth Avenue, Fire Safety booth opensTravis-silhouette
8:15 a.m.         5K Race Start on Brown Street and Travis Fitch performs
8:30 a.m.       Dog Walk Registration opens, Face Painting, Bounce House, and 
                         Attendee Dog Agility Course open
9:00 a.m.        Shelter opens, Vaccination and Microchip
                         Clinic opens
9:45 a.m.        10K and 5K Race Awards ceremony
10:30 a.m.      Dog walk registration ends
10:35 a.m.       Attendee Dog Agility course closes
11:00 a.m.       Dog Walk begins in park
12:00 p.m.      Fire Safety booth closes
12:30 a.m.       Pet contests at stage, Canine Playgroup Demo begins,
                          Face Painting and Bounce House close
1:00 p.m.         Pet Contest Winners announced
12:15 p.m.         Entertainment - to be announced
1:15 p.m.           RAS alumni group photo at stage with FREE bandana
1:30 p.m.          Raffle drawing at stage; Kids Zone, Clinic, and Play Yard demo end
2:00 p.m.          Event ends 

On Site Vendors & Sponsors


Annamaet Pet Foods Inc.
 Bark of the Town Mobile Canine Spa
Bayer Animal Health
Couch Potato Collection
Cricket Wireless
Eastside Dog Services
Finger Lakes Pet Resort
Farmers Insurance – Flanagan Mills Agency
Foresters Financial
Liberty Mutual
L.L. Bean
Monroe Veterinary Associates
Off Leash K9 Training Rochester
Ralph Honda
Rhino Chiropractic
Shop Peppermint
Trader Joe's
Tuxedo’s K-9 Training Camp
Verona Street Animal Society

On Site Non Profit & Rescue Organizations
 Going to the Dogs Rescue
 Nutts for Mutts Rescue
 Pets Stop Here Rescue
 Pitty Love Rescue
 Rescue Pit
 Willow Domestic Violence Center


Food Trucks & Carts

Abbott’s Frozen Custard
Brunch Box
Monster Hots
Roc City Sammich
Stingray Sushi Fusion

Live music

Performances by Travis Fitch throughout event


Runners and Walkers are encouraged to fundraise individually or as a team. A team can be composed of walkers, runners, non-participant fundraisers or any combination thereof.

Can’t make it to this year’s event, but want to help the shelter animals? Become an online fundraiser and be eligible to receive all of our great pledge-level prizes.

All fundraisers are encouraged to fundraise online to simplify the process and reduce costs; however, you can also use our pledge form. Please help us help the shelter animals at Rochester Animal Services by forming a team today.

Here’s how to get started:

  • Create your team; if you are a runner you must first register as a runner
  • Designate one person as team captain
  • Recruit team members
  • Direct each member to register and select your team during the registration process
  • Start gathering pledges online or download a pledge form
  • Make team t-shirts (optional)
  • Plan your strategy for leading the pack
  • Raise funds throughout the year to increase your impact
  • Consider bake sales, garage sales, bottle drives, third-party fundraisers, etc. to boost your team earnings Have FUN and THANK YOU

NOTE:  Fundraising Prize Totals will be taken from ONLINE donations as of midnight on May 30.  Donations after that time will be accepted but not used toward determination of your prize.  Cash & checks made out to Verona Street Animal Society should be delivered to the registration area on June 2 between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m. or mailed to:  Verona Street Animal Society, PO Box, Rochester, NY 14692.  Mail in donations must be received no later than May 26 to be counted toward fundraising totals.

Winners must claim their prize no later than September 1, 2018.

Race Information10K-star-16t

Runners will have two courses to choose from through the City of Rochester. Both courses are certified to be accurate by USA Track & Field (NY16118KL [10K] and NY16116KL [5K]). All runners are required to sign a waiver and release of liability because the event is sanctioned by USA Track & Field (USATF). The USATF waiver and release will be available for runners to sign at Fleet Feet Sports during race packet pick ups. If you wish to review the USATF waiver and release beforehand, you can download a copy.


5K Race Map         10K Race Map

Run Registration Fees, Times and Awards

 We encourage all runners to fundraise for the shelter animals at Rochester Animal Services either individually or with a team.

10K Race 

  • $25 pre-event registration and $30 beginning May 30 at midnight
  • Start Time is 8:00 a.m.
  • 10K Awards: Top 3 male and female finishers win $100, $75, $50 Fleet Feet Sports store vouchers; store vouchers for $15 – $40 are also awarded to top 3 male and female finishers in each age group.

5K Race 

  • $20 pre-event registration $25 beginning May 30 at midnight
  • Start Time is 8:15 a.m.
  • 5K Awards: Top male and female finishers each receive a $50 store voucher; medals will be awarded to the top male and female finishers in each age group.

Tech shirts will be included ONLY for the first 300 registered runners and cotton shirts will be included ONLY for the following 100 registered runner.  Runners can pick up their race packets at Fleet Feet Sports at The Armory, 155 Culver Road, on Friday, June 1 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Any packets not picked up will be available at race registration at 7 a.m. on Saturday, June 2.



Dog Walk Informationlong-line-of-dog-walkers

Join us for a leisurely stroll of about 1 mile with or without your dog in support of shelter animals, pet adoption, and the lifesaving programs at Animal Services. Register online. Registration is $25 for adults and includes The Fast & The Furriest® cotton t-shirt ONLY for the first 200 participants registered before May 30 at midnight.  Fee for kids 10 and under is $5 (no shirt included).   Simply register online with your fee or register on-site the day of the event.

Walkers can pick up their packets at Fleet Feet Sports at The Armory, 155 Culver Road, on Friday, June 1 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Any packets not picked up will be available at walk registration at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 2.



Volunteer Opportunities

Each and every day volunteers make a world of difference for Rochester Animal Services. However, for this event we need even more help to make it fun and successful for everyone involved. We need everything from parking attendants to race marshals.

Please sign up to choose your hours and volunteer activities for this year’s event. If you have questions regarding volunteering, please contact us at


Corporate Sponsorship & Vendor Information

By sponsoring The Fast & The Furriest®, your business can heighten its corporate image, show community support, and increase brand awareness while reaching concerned and committed participants from the Greater Rochester area. Your support sends a message that your company is a recognized partner in this important community effort that reaches a broad demographic of pet owners who are concerned with the welfare of animals in their community.  View sponsorship opportunities. If you have questions, please email us at

If your interested in being a vendor, please email us at to see if there is still open space.  You will then be asked to complete the Vendor Agreement.


Getting to the Event

There will be several street closings along the race routes to ensure the safety of our participants. Some of those street closings may impact access to the event site and parking lot. Please review the driving directions to avoid any problems.

Still have questions about the event?

 Contact us at