April 23, 2016

Fast and the Furriest 5K 2016

April 23, 2016 CSU Oval • Oval Drive Fort CollinsCO  80523 View Map Organized by CSU Professional Veterinary Medicine Program

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About this event

April 23, 2016

CSU Oval

Oval Drive Fort CollinsCO  80523
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Thank you to all of our athletes that participated!  

Please check out the event results and video at: http://www.runningguru.com/RaceResults.asp?ResultsID=2813&EventID=26308

Please email any discrepancies to christileong@gmail.com and we will make sure to make the appropriate changes!  

EVENT UPDATE: The Fast and the Furriest 5K has sold out at 500 participants.  If you do not get a chance to sign up, please come on race day to register - the race day registration fee will be $10 and athletes will get the opportunity to race, but will not receive a goody bag (unless there are any left over).  We apologize for the inconvenience - this event's popularity increased by 250% in race registration, and we only accounted for 500 goodie bags!

Packet Pick-up and Registration: SATURDAY, April 23rd: 7:30 - 8:45 a.m. Where: 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).  See map. What to bring: Some form of identification ALL ATHLETES MUST BE PRESENT AT PACKET PICK-UP AND MUST SIGN A SPECIFIC CSU WAIVER BEFORE THEY PICK UP THEIR PACKET.   Timing Chips: ALL ATHLETES MUST CHECK IN WITH REGISTRATION ON RACE MORNING TO PICK UP THEIR TIMING CHIP.  FOR ATHLETES THAT HAVE ALREADY PICKED UP THEIR REGISTRATION PACKETS (DURING FRIDAY'S PACKET PICK-UP), THERE WILL BE A SEPARATE LINE FOR TIMING CHIP PICK UP ONLY.   Expo and Race Start: Our expo and registration will open at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 23rd. on the Water Plaza, just south of the Engineering and Statistics Buildings (see map).  Registration will be open until 8:45 a.m., and the race start is 9 a.m. on the northwest corner of the oval.    Parking: We are recommending all athletes park in lots 310 and 315 (see map).  Due to the high volume of participants this year, there may be spillover into additional lots.  Please check out the this CSU Parking Map for additional parking locations; any X/Z, Z, or A lots on this map will work! These lots are FREE on the weekends.  Biking is encouraged and there are spots to lock your bike around expo as well.  Please refrain from parking in lot 350, as this will be reserved for our event staff and expo sponsors.    Animals: We vet students love ALL animals, however ONLY DOGS will be allowed 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.  We thank you for understanding!
  Team Check-In: All teams, please check in at registration so you can let us know you are present, let us know how many dogs you have, and show us your costumes!  We will award points for the team competition only to teams that have checked in at registration prior to the race start.    

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. There will also be a 1-lap around the Oval fun-run for children! All participants will receive a custom Buff and there will be awards for the top three male and female finishers overall, the top 3 teams, the top male and female dog, and other fun awards! 

If you are interested in getting involved with the team competition, please read the details below regarding the rules for participating.  Our 5K will kick-off at 9 a.m. and we will have a youth race around the oval, starting at 11 a.m., shortly after our awards ceremony at 10:30 a.m.  All youth welcome and encouraged to race!  No entry fee for the youth race.  For youth ages 13 and up who want to race the 5K, registration is required.    

The event is organized by students in the Professional Veterinary Medicine (PVM) 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. This fund helps community members with financial need pay for procedures performed at the VTH that they would otherwise not be able to afford. A smaller portion of the proceeds will also help your local community by providing for scholarships through the PVM Classes' Scholarship Fund.

2016 Fast and the Furriest 5K Athlete FAQ’s

When is packet pick-up?

We will have packet pick-up on the “Water Plaza” on the southwest corner of the CSU Oval, located in front of the Engineering building at the following times:

Friday, April 22nd 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Saturday, April 23rd 7 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.

Please note that packet pick-up will close at 8:45 a.m. on race morning – and make sure to allow yourself enough time to park and pick up your packet and event goodie-bag! 

Where is expo and pack pick-up located?

Our expo and packet pick-up is located on the “Water Plaza” which is southwest of the CSU oval, south of the Engineering and Statistics buildings, east of Lory Student Center and Glover, and north of the Natural Resources building.  If you look on the map (below), you’ll see it circled in pink. 

Will this race be chip timed?

Yes, the race will be chip timed by Timing Consortium (http://www.timingconsortium.com) with a timing chip that will attach to your shoe.  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.  They will not be available at any other time aside from Saturday 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. 

Where can I park?

All athletes should park in parking lot 310 or 315 (the lots are located north of the Engineering Building and the Lory Student Center Transit Center), or on the street north of the CSU Oval.  Please be sure to follow any specific city rules regarding parking (specific to location and hours), as we are not responsible for any tickets incurred for parking on the street or within the CSU parking lots.  Parking lots 310 and 315 are circled on the map below, in red.

All vendors and event sponsors should park in lot 350, which is located south of the oval.  To access this parking lot, please make a left onto Howes St. from either Laurel St. or Mulberry St, and continue around Oval Dr.  Head south on Amy Van Dyken Way (Oval Dr., Isotope Dr., and Amy Van Dyken Way all intersect on the southwest corner of the CSU Oval) and make a left into parking lot 350.  Vendor parking lot 350 is circled on the map below, in blue.

What time should I arrive on race morning?

We recommend most athletes arrive between 7:30 - 8:00 a.m. to allow for adequate check-in, picking up your timing chip, bathroom time, and parking time.  We will also have our expo open at 7:30 a.m. where you can check out various canine rescue groups, animal-related brands, sponsor tables, and enjoy some delicious food from Gib’s Bagels, Pi Chai, Mug’s coffee, and Noosa Yoghurt before your race! 

Where are the restrooms?

The restrooms will open at 7:30 a.m. and are located in the Lory Student Center Building which is west of the expo and packet pick-up area.  Please make sure to ask anyone in a tie-dyed shirt (a volunteer) or a race staff member to show you where to go!

Can I bring my dog?

Yes! Well-behaved dogs are not only allowed, but encouraged!  Please make sure to bring bags to pick up your dog’s (or dogs’) waste, and make sure to keep them on leash at all times.  We will provide water stations for furry competitors, so you don’t need to pack a separate water bowl!

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 permit only allows us to have dogs on campus. 

Will there be food and drinks?  What about on the race course?

We will have delicious bagels from Gib’s, Pi Chai, coffee, Noosa Yoghurt, oranges, bananas, water, and water bowls for dogs!  Bring your appetite!  We will also have 2 aid stations on the race course with water. 

Will there be a youth race?

If there is enough interest, we will have a youth race kick off at 11 a.m. which will be 1 lap around the CSU Oval.  Children under 12 are allowed and invited to participate for free in running or walking the Fast and the Furriest 5K, as long as their parent/guardian has signed a waiver for them.  Children 13 and up are required to register for the event.  

I have to leave right after the race; if I win an award, will you mail it to me?

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 our raffle!

What’s this about a raffle and the chance to win amazing prizes?

All participants will receive one raffle ticket in their race goody bag, with the chance to provide a donation to “purchase” any additional raffle tickets.  We will hold the raffle at 10:30 a.m. after our Awards Ceremony, and we highly encourage all athletes to stick around for the chance to win great prizes!  For all raffle prizes less than a $50 value, participants must be present to win.  Any raffle prizes higher than a $50 value will be contacted via email and we will arrange for an on-campus pick-up time at a later date. 

Tell me more about the team competition!

This year, we are instituting a special team competition for all of our athletes – we encourage anyone and everyone to form or join a team for the chance to win bragging rights, and a few extra prizes!  Teams must consist of 4 or more team members, to form an official team.  Team competition prizes will be announced at the awards ceremony, beginning approximately around 10:30 a.m.

How are teams scored? 

For those of you familiar with high school cross country scoring, the team with the lowest total points is the team winner. 


  1. The team score shall be the total of the finishing positions of the top 4 scoring members (i.e. if Team Superdog raced this event and finished in positions 3, 6, 15, and 21, their initial score will be 45). 
  2. But wait, there’s more - there will be scoring bonuses!
  3. Teams that have between: 5-9 members will receive an automatic scoring bonus of (-0), 10-15 members will receive an automatic scoring bonus of (-15), and 20+ members will receive an automatic scoring bonus of (-20)
  4. For every dog brought to the Fast and the Furriest 5K, the team will be awarded (-1) point per dog
  5. For all teams dressed in costume and/or in a theme, each team will be awarded (-10) bonus points
  6. In the above scenario, if this Team Superdog consisted of 13 team members who brought 8 dogs and dressed in a superhero theme for the event, they would then have a total of 12 points.

All teams must check in on race day with the registration team, let the staff know how many dogs were brought for each team, and show off their team’s costume/theme, to count for points! Team photos encouraged, and required

Event details and schedule

The 5k will begin on the CSU Oval at 9am on Saturday, April 23rd. Dogs and runners should be prepared to run the 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) in clothing suitable to whatever weather April brings. An event expo and registration booths will be located on the southwest corner of the Oval, near the finish line. 

PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE IS NO PARKING ON THE OVAL! Participants may park in the lots off of Laurel and walk to the Oval. We will also send out maps for recommended parking to all participants via email during the week of the event.  

Packet pick-up is available prior to the race on the 23rd and will also be available on the Friday before (April 22nd) from 5 - 7pm, in the southwest corner of the Oval that the expo and race-day packet pick-up will occur.  All registered athletes will be sent an email with FAQ's and detailed information regarding packet pick-up and how to pick up their timing chips.  

Registration on Active will close on Friday, April 22nd, but participants may register for $35 on race day, on April 23rd.

REMEMBER! All canine participants must abide by the City of Fort Collins regulations, be up-to-date on vaccinations, on leash, and well-behaved around people and other dogs. Dog poop bags will be available at the race; please remember to clean up after your pet and have a great time!  No other animals aside from dogs will be allowed at the race.  

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