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 2, 2018, for the 12th annual The Fast & The Furriest® Races, 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 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 am – 1:00 pm)
  • Microchip Clinic (dogs and cats eligible)
  • Discounted Adoptions at Rochester Animal Services (Cats: $10 & Dogs: $20)
  • Food Truck Rodeo
  • 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.

2018 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, Travis Fitch performs

8:30 am         Dog Walk Registration opens, Face Painting, Bounce House, Fire Safety Table and Attendee Dog Agility Course open

9:00 am         Shelter opens, Vaccine and Microchip Clinic opens

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

10:30 am       Dog Walk Registration closes, Agility Course closes, Travis Fitch performs

11:00 am       Dog Walk begins in park

12:30 pm       Pet contests at stage, Canine Playgroup Demonstration begins, Face Painting and Bounce House close

1:00 pm         Winners of pet contests announced

1:15 pm         RAS alumni group photo at stage with FREE bandana

1:30 pm         Raffle drawing, more music, Clinic closes, Fire Safety Table closes and Play Yard Demo ends

2:00 pm         Event ends

On Site Vendors & Sponsors

Annamaet Pet Foods Inc.
Bark of the Town Mobile Canine Spa
Couch Potato Collection
Cricket Wireless
Farmers Insurance – Flanagan Mills Agency
Foresters Financial
LL Bean
Monroe Veterinary Associates
Off Leash K9 Training Rochester
Ralph Honda
Rhino Chiropractic
Shop Peppermint
Thera-Vet Acres
Trader Joes
Tuxedo’s K-9 Training Camp

On Site Non Profit & Rescue Organizations

Brindle Posse Rescue
Going to the Dogs Rescue
Kellers Kats Rescue
Lollypop Farm
Nutts for Mutts Rescue
Pitty Love Rescue
Rescue Pit
Verona Street Animal Society
Willow Domestic Violence Center

Food Truck Rodeo
Abbott’s Frozen Custard
Brunch Box
Cheesed and Confused
Monster Hots
Roc City Sammich
Stingray Sushi Fusion

Live music provided by Travis Fitch.


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 31st.  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 am and 10 am or mailed to:  Verona Street Animal Society, PO Box 14692, Rochester, NY 14692.  Mail in donations must be received no later than May 27th to be counted toward fundraising totals.

Fundraising Prizes



VSAS Baseball Cap



Special Edition Pull Over Hoodie



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Furbo Pet Cam

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

Race Information

Runners 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]).  Because the 5K and 10K races are sanctioned by USA Track & Field (“USATF”), all runners are required to sign a waiver and release of liability with regard to USATF. The USATF waiver and release will be available for runners to sign at Fleet Feet Sports when they pick up their race packets. If you wish to review the USATF waiver and release ahead of pick up, you can download a copy.

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

5K Race Map | 10K Race Map





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

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 am
  • 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 am
  • 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 for the following 100 registered runners. Runners can pick up their race packets at Fleet Feet Sports at The Armory, 155 Culver Road, on Friday, June 1st from 10 am-7 pm, or at the registration area on Saturday, June 2nd.


2018 Event T-shirt

Dog Walk Information

Walk our ~1-mile dog walk with or without your dog in support of Rochester Animal Services’ shelter animals and pet adoption. Register online. Registration is $25 for adults and includes The Fast & The Furriest® t-shirt for the first 200 participants registered before May 30 at midnight.  Kids 10 and under pay only $5 (no shirt included).

Simply register online with your fee or register 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 Sports at The Armory, 155 Culver Road, on Friday, June 1st from 10 am-7 pm, or at the registration area on Saturday, June 2nd.


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.

If you have questions regarding volunteering, please contact us at


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.  You can find our available packages on our Sponsorship page. If you have questions, please email us at Note: Print deadline for graphics is March 2, 2018 so any sponsorship additions after that will not be in printed materials.

Vendor space is available for 2018.


Corporate Sponsors

Welcome to our 2018 sponsors.

Race Sponsor

Community Partner Sponsor

Tent Sponsor

Race Awards Sponsor

Media Sponsors

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Forever Home Sponsors

MM Development

Working Dog Sponsors

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TLF Logo
Tuxedo K9 Logo Sized 86×50
Trader Joes Logo Hotizontal
Nicosia Dental
Finger Lakes Pet Resort

Shelter Friend Sponsors

Fairport Savings Bank
Heritage Financial Services
Merzbach Law Offices
The Pizza Stop
USA Payroll
LaBella Associates
ROC & Soul Fitness
High Falls Advisors
Shop Peppermint
Liberty Mutual Insurance
Advanced Property Contractors
Schuler-Haas Electric Corp
Shaw Opticians
Pets at Peace
American Medical Response
Ralph Honda
Henry Schein Animal Health

Foster Friend Sponsors

Lattimore Physical Therapy
Wisteria Flowers and Gifts
Tails of Success

2018 Race Results

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