The Fast & The Furriest®

 

Our Major Annual Fundraiser FastFurryLogoNoDateJPG 

Last year was one of our biggest and most successful events ever and we hope to grow our event again this year. Join us on Saturday, June 6, 2020, for The Fast & The Furriest® Races, Dog Walk & Pet Fest. The 14th annual event will feature live music, food trucks, sponsor giveaways, vendors, pet contests, local pet organizations 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. Come out and help us celebrate our love of animals and our city.


 

 

 

 

Special Features for 2020 Clinic

  • Free Rabies & DAPP Vaccinations (dogs only)
  • Free Microchip Clinic (dogs only)
  • Camp ROC Star live performances
  • On-site dog licensing for City residents ($10 altered, $30 unaltered)
  • Discounted pet adoptions at Rochester Animal Services ($10 cats, $20 dogs)
  • Food Trucks and Carts
  • Dog Playgroup Demonstration
  • Rescue Groups on site

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

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.

2020 Event Schedulehot-dog-line-up

7:00 a.m.        Race Registration
8:00 a.m.        10K Race Start on Plymouth Avenue
8:15 a.m.         5K Race Start on Brown Street and live music
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
9:30 a.m.        Attendee Dog Agility Course closes; Dog Playgroup demo begins
9:45 a.m.        10K and 5K Race Awards ceremony
10:30 a.m.      Dog walk registration closes; Dog Playgroup demo ends,
                         Travis Fitch and Camp Roc Star perform
11:00 a.m.       Dog Walk begins in park
12:30 a.m.       Pet contests at stage begin; Face Painting and Bounce House close
1:00 p.m.         Pet Contest Winners announced
1:15 p.m.           RAS alumni group photo at stage with FREE bandana
1:30 p.m.          Raffle drawing at stage and more music; Clinic closes
2:00 p.m.          Event ends 


On-Site Vendors & Sponsorsinside-exhibitor-tent

  • Bayer
  • FP Wellness
  • HAUS Capital Corp
  • Monroe Veterinary Associates
  • Off Leash K9 Training Rochester
  • PetSaver Healthy Pet Superstore
  • Pride Plumbing
  • Ralph Honda
  • Shop Peppermint
  • Trader Joe's
  • Tuxedo’s K-9 Training Camp

 

On-Site Non-Profit & Rescue Organizations 2-dogs-in-pool

  • Verona Street Animal Society
 

    

Food Trucks & Cartsfood-trucks-in-park

 

  • Monster Hots
  • Roc City Sammich
  • Stingray Sushi Fusion

 

Live music

Performances by Travis Fitch and his Camp ROC Star friends throughout event CampROCstar_BlackLetteringRedStar

Fundraising

By supporting the Verona Street Animal Society, you are helping animals get the second chance they deserve. Any donation made directly impacts the animals in our community by:

  • Providing food, shelter, enrichment and medical care at the shelter
  • Promoting adoption, lost and found, and spay/neuter programs
  • Supporting under-served communities by providing access to pet resources

All race and walk participants 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? You can still become an online fundraiser and be eligible to receive all of our great pledge-level prizes.

All fundraising individuals and teams 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.

 

For more information on how to set up your fundraiser and tips and tricks to reach your goal visit here

 

NOTE:  Fundraising Prize Totals will be taken from ONLINE donations as of midnight on June 5, 2020.  Donations after that time will be accepted but not used toward determination of your prize.  Cash and checks made payable to Verona Street Animal Society should be delivered to the registration area on June 6 between 6:45 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 June 2 to be counted toward fundraising totals.

Winners must claim their fundraising prizes no later than July 31, 2020 or the prizes shall be considered forfeited.

Race Informationnew-USATF-Certified-Course-

Race participants will have two courses through the City of Rochester to choose from. Both courses are certified to be accurate by USA Track & Field (NY16118KL [10K] and NY16116KL [5K]). All race participants 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 completed during the registration process. If you wish to review the USATF waiver and release beforehand, you can download a copy.

Refund policy: This race and walk does not offer refunds for participants that register and do not participate in the event.

 

5K Race Map         10K Race Map

Race Registration Fees, Times and Awards10K-star-16t

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

10K Race 

  • $25 if registered by April 30, 2020
  • $30 if registered May 1 - June 5, 2020
  • $35 day-of registration on June 6, 2020
  • 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 three (3) male and female finishers in each age group.

5K Race 

  • $20 if registered by April 30, 2020
  • $25 if registered May 1 - June 5, 2020
  • $30 day-of registration on June 6, 2020
  • 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 individual (1) male and female finishers in each age group.

Participants in the 5K and 10K that register by the end of April 30, 2020 will receive a tech shirt. Participants registered May 1 or later will receive a cotton shirt. To be guaranteed an event t-shirt you must be registered by Monday, May 25, 2020. Participants registered after that date are not guaranteed a shirt and may receive a shirt contingent upon availability at the time of packet pick-up.

Packet Pick Up:

Runners can pick up their race packets at Fleet Feet at The Armory, 155 Culver Road, on Friday, June 5 from 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Event day packet pick up begins at 7:00 a.m. and goes till 8:10 a.m. in the Kodak D Parking Lot across the street from Brown Square Park.

RACE REGISTRATION

Dog Walk Informationlong-line-of-dog-walkers

Join hundreds of other animal lovers in our dog walk with or without your dog in support of Rochester Animal Services’ lifesaving and life-enhancing work. Register online. Registration is $25 for adults and includes The Fast & The Furriest® t-shirt. Participants registered in the dog walk will receive an event-specific cotton t-shirt. To be guaranteed a t-shirt you MUST register by Monday, May 25, 2020.  Participants registered after May 25 are not guaranteed a shirt and may receive a shirt contingent upon availability at the time of packet pick-up. Kids 10 and under pay only $5 (no shirt included).

Simply register online or onsite the day of the event.

Refund policy: This race and walk does not offer any refunds for participants that register and do not run or walk in the event.

Walkers can pick up their race packets at Fleet Feet at The Armory, 155 Culver Road, on Friday, June 5 from 10 am-7 pm. Event day packet pick up begins at 8:30 a.m. and goes till 10:30 a.m. in the Kodak Parking Lot D across the street from Brown Square Park.

 

DOG WALK REGISTRATION  

 

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 vsasinc@gmail.com.

SIGN UP ONLINE TODAY

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.  Click here to view our available sponsorship packages: 2020 Sponsorship Packet. If you have questions, please email us at vsasinc@gmail.com. Note: Print deadline for graphics is March 30, 2020 so any sponsorship additions after that will not be included in printed materials.

Vendor space is available for 2020

 

DOWNLOAD SPONSOR PACKET

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 vsasinc@gmail.com