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 6th, 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.

Special Features for 2020

  • Rabies & DAPP Vaccinations 9:00 am – 1:00 pm (dogs only)
  • Microchip Clinic (dogs only)
  • Discounted Adoptions at Rochester Animal Services (Cats: $10 & Dogs: $20)
  • Food Trucks
  • Dog Playgroup Demonstration
  • Rescue Groups on site

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.

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.

2020 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,  and Attendee Dog Agility Course open

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

9:30 am          Agility Course closes and Dog Playgroup Demonstration begins

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

10:30 am       Dog Walk Registration closes, Dog Playgroup Demo closes and Travis Fitch and Camp Roc Star performs

11:00 am       Dog Walk begins in park

12:30 pm       Pet contests at stage, 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 bandanna

1:30 pm         Raffle drawing, more music and Clinic closes

2:00 pm         Event ends


On Site Vendors & Sponsors

  • FP Wellness
  • HAUS Capital Corp
  • Off Leash Pet Apparel
  • Pride Plumbing
  • Ralph Honda
  • Shop Peppermint
  • Trader Joes
  • Tuxedo’s K-9 Training Camp
  • Annamaet Petfoods Inc.
  • Team Tasker State Farm
  • Monroe Veterinary Associates

On Site Non Profit & Rescue Organizations

  • Verona Street Animal Society

Food Trucks and Carts

  • Monster Hots
  • Roc City Sammich
  • Stingray Sushi Fusion

Live music provided by Travis Fitch and Camp RocStar.


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? You can still 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.

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

START FUNDRAISING/DONATE

Fundraising Prizes

IF YOU RAISED
$50

YOU WIN A

VSAS Baseball Cap

IF YOU RAISED
$250

YOU WIN A

VSAS Backpack

IF YOU RAISED
$1,000

YOU WIN A

Whistle Go

IF YOU RAISED
$2,000

YOU WIN A

iFetch


START FUNDRAISING/DONATE

NOTE:  Fundraising Prize Totals will be taken from ONLINE donations as of midnight on June 4th.  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 6th 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 June 2nd to be counted toward fundraising totals.

Winners must claim their prize no later than July 31st, 2020.

Race Information

Race 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 race participants are required to sign a waiver and release of liability with regard to USATF, which will be completed during the registration process.

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

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 if register by April 30th, 2020
  • $30 if registered May 1st – June 5th, 2020
  • $35 day of registration on June 6th
  • 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.

5K Race

  • $20 if registered by April 30th, 2020
  • $25 if registered May 1st – June 5th, 2020
  • $30 day of registration on June 6th
  • 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.

Participants in the 5K and 10K that register by the end of April 30th will receive a tech shirt. Participants registered May 1st or later will receive a cotton shirt. To be guaranteed an event t-shirt you must be registered by Monday, May 25th 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 5th from 10 am-7 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.

RACE REGISTRATION

Race Results

2019 Race Results:

Dog Walk Information

Join hundreds of other animal lovers in our 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® event specific cotton t-shirt. To be guaranteed a t-shirt you MUST register by Monday, May 25th!!!  Participants registered after May 25th 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 5th from 10 am-7 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.

DOG WALK REGISTRATION

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 sheet coming soon!

If you have questions regarding volunteering, please contact us at vsasinc@gmail.com


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.  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 30th, 2020 so any sponsorship additions after that will not be in printed materials.

Vendor space is available for 2020


2020 Corporate Sponsors

Race Sponsor

Fleet Feet

Community Partner Sponsor

Tent Sponsor

Race Awards Sponsor

Media Sponsors

FOX-WHAM-CW
RochesterWomensMag
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Forever Home Sponsors

Wegmans
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Annamaet

Working Dog Sponsors

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Harris Funeral Home
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Shelter Friend Sponsors

  • FP Wellness
  • Heritage Financial Services
  • Merzbach & Solomon Law Offices
  • Ralph Honda
  • Roc and Soul Fitness
  • The Pizza Stop

Foster Friend Sponsors