The Fast and the Furriest 5K is a dog and family-friendly event organized by the students of Colorado State University’s Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Program. Proceeds from the event go to the Companion Care Fund which helps people pay for life-saving veterinary care at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital.
This event is loads of fun as people form teams and wear costumes while surrounded by tons of happy dogs pumped to do their favorite thing: go on a run/walk. Following the race will be an event expo with vendors, awards, and other celebrations.
Event details and schedule
The Fast and the Furriest 5K is a family-friendly event for individuals and their furry friends of all ages and abilities. The race will feature chip timing on a certified course, doggie swag, awards, and many giveaways. All participants will receive a goody bag. Award categories will be announced closer to the event date.
The event is organized by students in the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at Colorado State University. Proceeds for the Fast and the Furriest 5K benefit animals in need of emergency or life-saving treatments through the Companion Care Fund at CSU's Veterinary Teaching Hospital. The Companion Care Fund provides community members with financial assistance for procedures performed at the VTH that they otherwise could not afford.
To make additional contributions to the Companion Care Fund before the day of the race you can use Venmo @DVM2022 with the note: FastandFurriest. there will also be chances to donate cash to the fund the day of the event.
Dogs and runners should be prepared to run the 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) in clothing suitable to whatever weather May brings. An event expo and registration booths will be located on the southwest corner of the Oval, near the finish line.
During the registration process, you need to fill out a waiver for CSU. This was included in your ACTIVE registration,or will be availabe as a paper form the day of the race. It can also be accessed digitally here:
This waiver MUST BE FILLED OUT for every participant before the race.
5K Run - 9 AM
Registration is required for those who want to race the 5K. Participants must complete a CSU waiver. Participants under 18 years must have a parent/guardian sign their CSU waiver.
- Register online now
- Cost: $25
- Please note that this event is limited to 500 participants, so early registration is advised
- Price goes up to $30 on 03/13/2020
- Saturday, May 2nd from 7- 8:45 AM
- Participants may register for $35 on race day (May 2nd)
- All participants must be present to register.
- Friday, May 1st from 5 - 7 PM OR Saturday, May 2nd from 7-8:45 AM
- Packet pick-up on the Water Plaza on the southwest corner of the CSU Oval, located in front of the Engineering building
- Please note that packet pick-up will close at 8:45 AM on race morning – make sure to allow yourself enough time to park, pick up your packet and event goody bag!
- All athletes must be present at packet pick-up. All athletes must provide photo identification and complete a CSU waiver to participate in order to receive a packet. All athletes must check-in at the timing chip pick-up table on race day morning to retrieve their timing chip.
All teams, please have your team captain check in at team registration so you can let us know you are present, let us know how many dogs you have, and show us your costumes. Points will be awarded only to teams that have checked in at registration prior to the race start. Individual team members can get their race packet independent of their team. Teams must have 4 or more members to compete as a team.
What to Bring
Photo identification, water bottle, pet waste bags, and a non-retractable leash for your dog.
Directions and Parking
This race is located at CSU’s Water Plaza, which is on the southwest corner of the Oval (where Isotope Drive intersects with Oval Drive, just south of the Engineering and Statistics Buildings). Please note that there is no parking on the CSU Oval! We recommend all participants park in lots 310 and 315 near the Lory Student Center. Most “X”, “Z”, or “A” lots are available and free on weekends and remember the CSU Lory Student Center lot is available and close to the starting point. However, please plan ahead for spring construction projects on campus. Biking is encouraged and there are spots to lock your bike around the expo as well. Please refrain from parking in lot 350, as this will be reserved for our event staff and expo sponsors. Vendors and event sponsors should park in lot 350, located south of the Oval.
While veterinary students love all animals, ONLY DOGS will be allowed at the Fast and the Furriest 5K in accordance with our event permit. With such a high volume of participants and dogs that will be present, we want to ensure the safety of all animals, participants, and children at the event. Thank you for understanding. All canine participants must abide by the City of Fort Collins regulations, be up-to-date on vaccinations, on a non-retractable leash, and well-behaved around people and other dogs. Please remember to clean up after your pet and enjoy the race.
Will this race be chip timed?
Yes, the race will be chip timed. If you want race results and want to be included in the final finish results, you MUST see the registration tent on race morning and pick up your timing chip. Timing chips will ONLY be available race day morning.
How do I get there?
From I-25, traveling north or south (These directions apply to visitors using I-25 to reach Fort Collins, such as those traveling from the Denver area or Cheyenne, WY):
- Use Exit 269B, CO-14 W. toward Fort Collins,
- Head west onto E. Mulberry St. for 4.2 miles,
- Turn left on Meldrum Street, and continue into the parking lot 310 or 315
From College Ave., traveling north (these directions apply to visitors traveling on College Ave., U.S. 287 from the Loveland area):
- Travel north on College Ave. until you reach E Laurel St.,
- Turn left on Laurel St. and continue for 0.2 miles,
- Turn left on Meldrum Street, and continue into the parking lot 310 or 315
What time should I arrive on race morning?
We recommend participants arrive between 7 - 8 AM to allow for adequate check-in, picking up your timing chip, bathroom time, and parking time. The expo will open at 7:30 AM, where you can check out various canine rescue groups, animal-related brands, sponsor tables, and enjoy some food before the race. Race check in will go from 7-8:45 AM.
Where are the restrooms?
Restrooms will open at 7:30 AM and are located in the Lory Student Center Building, directly west of the expo and packet pick-up area. There will also be port-o-potties on site.
Can I bring my dog?
Yes! Well-behaved dogs are allowed and encouraged. Please bring waste bags and keep them on a non-retractable leash at all times.
Can I bring my pet cat, goat, llama, snake, rat, mouse, guinea pig, hedgehog, sheep, goldfish, etc.?
Unfortunately, only dogs will be allowed at the Fast and the Furriest 5K. We love all animals at CSU – but our race permit only allows us to have dogs on campus.
Will there be food and drinks? What about on the race course?
Food and water will be available before and after the race, as well as water bowls for dogs. Aid stations located along the race route will provide water.
Will awards be mailed?
Unfortunately, all awards must be collected onsite. If you are unable to collect your award, you may have a friend accept it for you, or we will kindly donate your award to another category or to event volunteers.
Tell me more about the team competition!
We encourage anyone and everyone to form or join a team for the chance to win bragging rights and prizes. All teams must check in on race day at the registration table, let the staff know how many dogs were brought for each team, and show off their team’s costume/theme for scoring! Teams must consist of four or more team members, to form an official team. Team competition prizes will be announced at the awards ceremony, beginning approximately around 10:30 AM.
How are teams scored?
There will be several categories:
Best Group Costume
Most Creative Name