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The Fast & The Furriest®

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Mark your calendar for Saturday June 6, 2015 for The Fast & The Furriest® event Presented by Buckingham Properties. Join us for the 10K, 5K, dog walk, and pet festival of the year that will again feature live music, food, sponsor giveaways, vendors, pet contests, and a variety of activities for you and your pets. Help us celebrate our love of animals and our city!

Thank you to all of our sponsors that make this event a success 

Special Features for 2015

  • Free Rabies Vaccinations (9:00 am - 1:00 pm)
  • Microchip Clinic for only $20 (dogs & cats eligible)
  • Discounted adoptions $10-kittens & cats; $20-puppies & dogs
  • Food Trucks & Food Vendors
  • Dog play group demonstration
  • Rescue Groups
  • Exhibitors, merchandise vendors
  • Pet contests
  • Kids activities

Fundraising prizes

Raise                           Win
$35                      The Fast & The Furriest® T-shirt
$150                    Automatic Open Umbrella
$250                    Full Zip Hoodie Sweatshirt
$1,000                 E-Reader
$2,000                 Tablet Computer

5K & 10K Information

The 10K and 5K races are part of a USATF sanctioned event with staggered starts at 8 a.m. and 8:15 a.m., respectively. The 10K course is certified for accuracy by the USATF (#NY07102KL). We have designed a great course that takes runners from the Animal Services neighborhood south on Plymouth Avenue by Kodak, Care Stream, and Frontier Field, through downtown to Corn Hill Landing. From there runners enter the Genesee River Trail and head out toward Brooks Landing where they cross the river on the pedestrian bridge and head back toward downtown on the River Trail along the University of Rochester campus and Wilson Boulevard. Runners will continue on the trail while enjoying scenic views of the Rochester skyline until they exit the trail at South Avenue and weave their way through downtown back toward the finish line at the Animal Services Center on Verona Street.

The 5K course is also certified for accuracy by the USATF (#NY11101KL). It is an out-and-back course utilizing much of the first quarter of the 10K course. So it too will showcase downtown Rochester, Corn Hill Landing, and the Genesee River before bringing runners back to the shared finish line at the Animal Services Center.

Please visit www.VSAS.org for more event details, registration information, and complete 2014 race results and photos.

5K Race Map | 10K Race Map 

Run Registration Fees, Times and Awards 

We encourage all runners to also fundraise for the animals either individually or with a team.

10K Race
• $25 pre-event registration and $30 on event day
• Start Time is 8:00 am
• 10K Awards: Top 3 male and females win $100, $75 $50 gift certificates; gift certificates also awarded to top 3 male and female in each age group.

5K Race
• $20 pre-event registration $25 on event day
• Start Time is 8:15 am
• 5K Awards: Top male and female finisher receives $50 gift certificates; medals will be awarded to the top male and female finishers in each age group.

Save time on event day by pre-registering online. Event-day registration begins at 7:00 a.m.  Runners are encouraged to avoid the lines by attending in-store registration and packet pickup on June 5 at both Fleet Feet Sports locations, 155 Culver Road and 2522 Ridgeway Avenue. 

Dog Walk Information

Walk our 1-mile dog walk with or without your dog in support of our animals and pet adoption and spay/neuter programs. You can register online free of charge. Your first $35.00 raised counts towards your registration fee AND entitles you to our first fundraising prize, The Fast & The Furriest® t-shirt.

Not interested in raising funds? Simply remit the online or registration form to VSAS or bring your $35.00 with you on event day.

Please note that all walk registrants MUST register online or remit a paper registration in order to participate in the event. 


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

Can't make it to this year's event but want to help the animals? Become a non-participatory 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 costs, however, you can also use our pledge form.

Please help us help the animals by forming a team today or consider joining the Rochester Animal Services Team.

  • Designate one person as team captain
  • Create your team, if you are a runner you must first register as a runner
  • Recruit team members
  • Direct each member to register and select your team
  • Start gathering pledges online or by downloading 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!

Corporate Sponsorship & Vendor Information

If you are interested in getting involved with the event as a corporate sponsor, please review the sponsorship opportunities and contact us at VSASinc@gmail.com or 585-237-8366.

If you are interested in joining us as an event vendor, please review our vendor information. If you have any questions regarding vendor opportunities you can email the Vendor Coordinator.

Enjoy the Festivities 

The party does not end after the pet contests. Stick around to co-mingle with the dogs, browse our vendor exhibits, visit the Animal Services Center, grab a bite to eat or something to drink, and enjoy the music.    

The party does not end after the pet contests. Stick around to co-mingle with the dogs, browse our vendor exhibits, visit the Animal Services Center, grab a bite to eat or something to drink, and enjoy the music.    

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?

 Check out our Frequently Asked Questions 

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