SERVING THE GREAT LAKES BAY REGION IN MICHIGAN
Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2020 Fast & Furriest Virtual 5K. It was a great success due to all of our participants and sponsors. We look forward to seeing everyone again next year.
We will let you know when the date for the 2021 5K is scheduled.
Please join us for The Great Lakes Bay Animal Society’s 8th annual Fast & Furriest VIRTUAL 5K Run/Walk with your dog in Midland City Forest. That's right, we are going VIRTUAL this year! Same great race only now you have a choice of three days to run/walk the trail at Midland City Forest OR you can "Do the 5K Your Way" and choose your favorite 5K course.
THE GREAT NEWS
We are extremely excited to announce that we will have the course set up on the trails in Midland City Forest, just like we have for the past 8 years. The great news is the course will be set up for THREE DAYS. You can run/walk your 5K at any time, any of the three day, (starting Friday on/after 5 PM until Sunday at 12 PM) or, you can choose your favorite course close to home. Your 5K run/walk just has to be completed in the three day time period. This is a family-friendly and kid-friendly event and the trail is stroller-friendly. You can run or walk, with or without your dog. Water stations will be positioned along the trail for the dogs. We will also have our orange bandanas available for purchase with your entry. Long sleeve event t-shirts, a new design doggie bandana and other goodies for the runners/walkers will be guaranteed to those who register by September 27, 2020. Please note that no retractable leashes are allowed at this event for safety reasons.
IMPORTANT NOTICE (Per State of Michigan and Midland City Parks & Recreation Department)
The current restrictions limiting group gatherings to 100 or less has warranted a change in the race to keep participants on the course safe. Thus, social distancing guidelines of six feet or more are required. When unable to social distance, a face covering is required. Please note: "the requirement to wear a face covering does not apply to individuals who are exercising when wearing a face covering would interfere with the activity." We want to have the best and safest race possible for all of our participants and we know how much everyone loves to run/walk the trails. You can still run with friends just not 100 at a time. (Please reference State of Michigan EO #2020-153 and EO# 2020-160.)
VIRTUAL RACE DATES
October 9, 10 and 11
The Midland City Forest Trail will be set up for the entire weekend starting Friday on/after 5 PM until Sunday at 12 PM. This time frame allows us to avoid a large group congregating at one time and honoring the 100-person limitation set by the City Parks & Recreation department. That means you can run/walk your 5K at any time, any of the three days .
VIRTUAL RACE LOCATION
Midland City Forest, 2840 E. Monroe Road, Midland, MI US 48640
This began on January 17, but due to the City canceling our original April 25, 2020 event date (because of the COVID Pandemic), we had to pause it. Early registration, at a race fee of $25, is now open and being extended through October 4. NOTE: Event t-shirts and other goodies for runners and walkers are guaranteed to those who register by September 27, 2020.
After October 4 the fee increases to $35 and you may register at Midland City Forest on any of the following event days (when GLBAS volunteers are present):
Participants 6 years of age & under:
Participants 6 years of age & under, with a paid adult, run/walk for FREE. NOTE: There is one t-shirt per registration. Event t-shirts are guaranteed to those who order by September 27. They are available in Adult sizes: Small, Medium, Large, XL and 2XL. ORDER ADDITIONAL T-SHIRTS.
Packet pick up will be at Midland City Forest on any of the following dates and times:
WATCH THE VIDEO TO UNDERSTAND WHY OUR 8TH ANNUAL FAST & FURRIEST 5K IS SO IMPORTANT THIS YEAR
However you choose to 5K - be creative. You can run/walk alone or with friends/family. If you decide to pick your own course and location, remember - it’s your race, your terms, and your own pace! You can walk, jog, run, or use a treadmill. Better yet, challenge a friend to see who's faster. The online race registration link is below. Make sure to time yourself and take a selfie for submission. We would love to see how you chose to 5K.
If you choose not to 5K, make a donation instead. Your gift will help defray the cost of this event so that all race entry fees will go directly towards our mission of rescuing animals, their veterinary care, the cost of fostering and adoption into our communities. Use your PayPal or any major debit/credit card.
Purchase a Race Course Sign for $25 with a message to cheer on the runners, celebrate a special occasion or a birthday, commemorate a pet or promote your business. Signs will be posted along the trail at Midland City Forest.
(Photo is for illustration purposes only.)
Take a moment to view our numerous and great corporate sponsors that are helping with our event this year. Sponsor logos are linked to their website.
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Ready to submit your 5K time and upload photos? Visit our 5K Results Page by clicking the button below.
Your gift will help defray the cost of this event so that all race entry fees will go directly towards our mission of rescuing animals, their veterinary care, the cost of fostering and adoption into our communities.