2022 The Fast & The Furriest®

We Are BACK and In-Person!

Join us on Saturday, June 4th, 2022 for the in person 16th annual The Fast & The Furriest® presented by J&E Media Corp Races (5K & 10K), Dog Walk & Pet Fest. The event will feature live music, food trucks, sponsor giveaways, vendors, pet contests, and a variety of activities for you, your family and your dogs. Come out and help us celebrate our love of animals and our city.  Can’t make it in person?  Virtual options for the 5K, 10K and dog walk will be available as well!

REGISTER HERE!

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 Lot D on the corner of Brown Street and Verona Street, with access from Oak Street.

2022 Event Schedule

7:00 am        5K & 10K Race Registration opens

8:00 am        10K Race Start on Verona Street

8:15 am         5K Race Start on Verona Street

8:30 am         Dog Walk Registration opens and pet festival begins

9:00 am         Shelter opens, vaccination clinic and silent auction begins

9:45 am         10K and 5K Race Awards ceremony

10:30 am       Dog Walk Registration closes

11:00 am       Dog Walk ceremony and walk begins in park

12:00 pm       Pet contests at stage, play yard demo begins. vaccination clinic closes

12:30 pm         Winners of pet contests announced

12:45pm         RAS alumni group photo at stage with FREE bandana

1:00 pm         Silent auction, bounce house, face painting and play yard demo all end

2:00 pm         Event ends

Vaccination Clinic

Free vaccination clinic, which includes rabies and DAPP vaccines and microchipping, will take place in the parking lot just North of the shelter from 9am to noon or while supplies last.  This clinic is first come, first serve with no appointments necessary or available.  This clinic is for dogs.  One dog per person.  All dogs must be leashed and previous rabies paperwork should be provided.

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 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? Creating an online fundraising page is a great way to contribute and be eligible to receive all of our great fundraising prizes.  Create your online fundraiser here!

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 participant you must first register for the 10k, 5k or dog walk
  • Designate one person as team captain
  • Recruit team members
  • Direct each member to register and select your team during the registration process
  • Start gathering online donations – share on facebook!
  • Make team t-shirts (optional)
  • Plan your strategy for leading the pack
  • Raise funds throughout the season 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 11:59PM on June 3rd.  Donations after that time will be accepted but not used toward determination of your prize.  Once we know what level fundraisers reached (after June 3rd) we will order the prizes and you will be contacted when the prizes have arrived at the shelter! Cash and checks made payable to Verona Street Animal Society should be mailed or delivered to the shelter prior to event day (June 4th).  Drop off or mail to: Verona Street Animal Society, 184 Verona St. Rochester, NY 14608.

Fundraising Prizes

Receive these great prizes when you fundraise and reach these set levels.  Prizes will be ordered post June 4th, when fundraising levels have been determined.

  • Raise $50 and receive a VSAS window decal
  • Raise $250 and recieve a VSAS coaster
  • Raise $1,000 and receive a VSAS jacket
  • Raise $2,000 and receive a VSAS piece of luggage

Race Information

Participants will have two great courses through the picturesque City of Rochester to choose from. Both courses are certified to be accurate by USATF (NY16118KL [10K] and NY16116KL [5K]).  Both the 5K and 10K races are sanctioned by USA Track & Field (“USATF”).

Can’t make it in-person?  Sign up virtually!  Virtual participants have from May 30th to June 5th to complete their virtual event ANYWHERE!  Those that choose to add shipping to their registration will receive their shirt after the event.  If you do not select shipping you must pick up your shirt during packet pick up times.

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

Race Registration Fees, Times and Awards

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

10K Race

  • In person: $30 through April 30th; $35 May 1st through May 29th; $40 May 30th through June 3rd
  • Virtual: $30 through April 30th; $35 May 1st through June 4th.
  • Start Time is 8:00 am
  • 10K Awards: Top three male and female finishers win $100, $75, $50 Fleet Feet store vouchers; medals will be awarded to the top three male and female in each age group.
  • Check out the 10K route here

REGISTER HERE!

5K Race

  • $25 through April 30th; $30 May 1st through May 29th; $35 May 30th through June 3rd
  • Virtual: $30 through April 30th; $35 May 1st through June 4th.
  • Start Time is 8:15 am
  • 5K Awards: Top male and female finishers each receive a $50 store voucher; medals will be awarded to the top individual male and female finishers in each age group.
  • Check out the 5K route here

Age groups are: 15 and under, 16-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70 and over

You must be registered by Friday, May 14th to be guaranteed a t-shirt!

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

REGISTER HERE!

Packet Pick Up:

Runners can pick up their race packets at Fleet Feet at The Armory, 155 Culver Road, on Friday, June 3rd from 10 am-6 pm. Event day packet pick up begins at 7am and goes till 8:10am in the Kodak D Parking Lot across the street from Brown Square Park.

Dog Walk Information

Join us for a leisurely walk of about 1 mile with or without your dog in support of Rochester Animal Services’ shelter animals and pet adoption. Registration is $25 for adults and includes The Fast & The Furriest® t-shirt.  You must be registered by Friday, May 14th to be guaranteed a t-shirt!  Kids 10 and under pay only $5 (no shirt included).

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

Click HERE to see the one mile dog walk route.

Walkers can pick up their race packets at Fleet Feet at The Armory, 155 Culver Road, on Friday, June 3rd from 10 am-6 pm. Event day packet pick up begins at 8:30 am and goes till 10:30 am in the Kodak D Parking Lot across the street from Brown Square Park.

REGISTER HERE!

Volunteer Opportunities

Everyday volunteers make a world of difference for Rochester Animal Services. We need a lot of help to make this event a fun and successful time 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.  Sign up to volunteer here!

If you have questions regarding volunteering, please contact us maggie at maggie@vsas,org.

Corporate Sponsorship & Vendor Opportunities

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.  If you would like to learn more, please email Allie at allie.fastnfurriest@gmail.com. Note: Print deadline for graphics is March 30th, 2022 so any sponsorship additions after that will not be in printed materials.

Thank You Sponsors!!

Presenting Sponsor

Big Dog Sponsor

T-Shirt Sponsor

Dog Walk/Pet Parade Sponsor

Forever Home Sponsor

Working Dog

Shelter Friend

Pets at Peace
Josh Moscov
Merzbach Law
Shop Peppermint
Wags Dog Club
Ralph Honda
Haus Capital Corp
Elanco
Green Spark