Runners and walkers of all ages and their animal companions are invited to celebrate human and animal health at the third annual Fast and the Furriest 5K/1K fun run on Saturday, April 22, at Colorado State University’s James L. Voss Veterinary Medical Center. Race day registration opens at 7:30 a.m. The 5K race begins at 9 a.m., and the 1K race begins at 10 a.m.
Participants are invited to hoof it around a scenic course and then enjoy food, music and entertainment provided by local sponsors, donors and volunteers. Prizes will be awarded to the fastest human finishers as well as to the most unique animal race finishers. Last year, prizes were awarded to animal athletes including a pet rat, a goat and a 6-foot-long snake.
More than 450 participants are expected to enjoy this year’s race as well as other event attractions including a raffle, demos by amazing animal athletes, give-aways and an expo of student clubs and services.
By participating, runners, walkers and volunteers will be supporting Colorado State University’s Companion Care fund, which reduces the financial burdens that may keep pet owners from otherwise seeking veterinary treatment for their animals. The fund, which provides hope for owners and their animals in need, is entirely need-based and reserved solely for members of the local community.
Organizers have set a goal to generate more than $7,000 for the fund. Additional proceeds will fund a scholarship endowment for students enrolled at Colorado State’s veterinary school.
For information on the Fast and the Furriest fun run, including participant restrictions, schedule of events and registration, pick up a pre-registration form at Fort Collins Runner’s Roost and Foot of the Rockies locations. Online race registration is available at www.active.com.
Donations to support the event can be made by visiting www.cvmbs.colostate.edu/development and selecting The Fast and the Furriest from Events of Interest.