Join us on Saturday, June 1st, 2019, for the 13th 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 dogs. 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 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.

Special Features for 2019

  • Rabies & DAPP Vaccinations (dogs only)
  • Microchip Clinic (dogs only)
  • Discounted Adoptions at Rochester Animal Services (Cats: $10 & Dogs: $20)
  • Food Truck Rodeo
  • Play Yard Demonstration
  • Rescue Groups on site
  • Musical performances by Travis Fitch and and his Camp ROC Star friends

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

2019 Event Schedule

6:45 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 & Camp ROC Star Performs

8:30 am         Dog Walk Registration opens, Face Painting, Bounce House, 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 & Camp ROC Star

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 and clinic closes

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

1:30 pm         Raffle drawing, more music and Play Yard Demo ends

2:00 pm         Event ends

On Site Vendors & Sponsors

  • Annamaet Pet Food Inc.
  • Bark-A-Licious
  • Bayer
  • CBD Products
  • Divine Images
  • Exp Realty LLC
  • Farmers Insurance- Flanagan Mills Agency
  • Foresters Financial
  • Invisible Fence Brand
  • Liberty Mutual
  • L.L. Bean
  • Off Leash Apparel
  • Off Leash K9 Training Rochester
  • Pet$aver Pet Superstore
  • Tails of Success
  • Tuxedo’s K-9 Training Camp
  • Trader Joes
  • Ralph Honda
  • Rhino Chiropractic
  • ROC The Mint
  • Verona Street Animal Society

On Site Non Profit & Rescue Organizations

  • Verona Street Animal Society
  • Queen City Pitties Animal Rescue
  • Operation Freedom Ride
  • Rescue Pit Inc
  • Brindle Posse
  • Pets Stop Here Inc
  • Pitty Love Rescue
  • Willow Domestic Violence
  • Lollypop Farm
  • New 2 U Rescues
  • Diamonds in the Ruff Animal Shelter

Food Truck Rodeo

  • WingNutz
  • MonsterHots
  • Brunch Box
  • Cheesed & Confused
  • Stingray Sushi Fusion
  • Al’s Ice Cream

Live music by Travis Fitch & his Camp ROC Star friends

Travis Silhouette


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? 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 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 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 29th.  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 1 between 6:45 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 26th to be counted toward fundraising totals.

Fundraising Prizes






Special Edition Full Zip Sweatshirt






Furbo Pet Cam

Winners must claim their prize no later than July 31st, 2019. Unclaimed prizes will be forfeited.

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]).  Because the 5K and 10K races are sanctioned by USA Track & Field (“USATF”), all participants are required to sign a waiver and release of liability with regard to USATF. The USATF waiver and release will be available for participants to sign at Fleet Feet when they pick up their race packets and at Event Registration. 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

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

  • $25 pre-event registration and $30 beginning May 29th 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. Winners can claim their prize at Fleet Feet at The Armory (155 Culver Rd)  no later than June 8th, 2019. Unclaimed prizes will be forfeited.

5K Race

  • $20 pre-event registration $25 beginning May 29th 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. Winners must claim their  at Fleet Feet at The Armory (155 Culver Rd) prize no later than June 8th, 2019. Unclaimed prizes will be forfeited.

Tech shirts will be included ONLY for the first 300 registered race participants and cotton shirts for the subsequent 100 registered race participants. Participants can pick up their race packets at Fleet Feet at The Armory, 155 Culver Road, on Friday, May 31st from 10 am-7 pm, or at the registration area on Saturday, June 1st.


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. Register online. Registration is $25 for adults and includes The Fast & The Furriest® t-shirt for the first 200 participants registered before May 29th 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 at The Armory, 155 Culver Road, on Friday, May 31st from 10 am-7 pm, or at the registration area on Saturday, June 1st.

Click HERE to see the one mile dog walk route


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 1st, 2019, so any sponsorship additions after that will not be in printed materials.

Vendor space is available for 2019.


Corporate Sponsors

Welcome to our 2019 sponsors.

Race Sponsor

Community Partner Sponsor

Tent Sponsor

Race Awards Sponsor

Media Sponsors

IHeartRadio_Logo_iHR Vertical Color

Forever Home Sponsors

Invisible Fence
BL Wholesale

Working Dog Sponsors

Off Leask K9 Training
Hunt Mortgage Logo 50
Trader Joes Logo Hotizontal
Finger Lakes Pet Resort
Tuxedo K9 Logo Sized 86×50
Harris Funeral Home

Shelter Friend Sponsors

Heritage Financial Services

Liberty Mutual Insurance

Merzbach Solomon, PC

Ralph Honda

Rhino Chiropractic

ROC the Mint

Shaw Opticians

The Pizza Stop

Foster Friend Sponsors

Maggie & Kevin Flynn

Tails of Success

Wild Wood Country Club