SERVING THE GREAT LAKES BAY REGION IN MICHIGAN
Join us for Great Lakes Bay Animal Society’s 9th annual Fast & Furriest 5K Run/Walk with your dog in Midland City Forest. We are happy to be back in 2021 with two chip-timed events this year. We are expecting 250-300 participants and 150 of their dogs. Runners and walkers come from throughout Michigan to participate.
This is a timed event with prizes, t shirts, and medals for first, second, and third place in male and female categories. You can run or walk, with or without your dog. Aid and water stations are positioned along the trail. This is a family-friendly and kid-friendly event and the trail is stroller-friendly.
Run Fur Fun! This event is a 5k Trail Run/Walk. Runners and walkers are encouraged to bring their canine companions and celebrate the special human-animal bond! Runners and walkers without dogs are also encouraged to come participate in the fun! Children 6 and under can run/walk for FREE!
NEW THIS YEAR:
We have added a third event this year. Because so many people liked the format of the virtual race last year, we are offering a Virtual Challenge format this year. Sign up for the virtual challenge and run/walk the course in Midland City Forest any time after the timed races start. We will leave the course set up until 4:00pm on Saturday. Or you may run/walk a course of your choice. Submit your times on our website to share with friends and family. The Virtual Challenge event will not be an officially timed event and medals will not be given for places. Entrants will receive a t-shirt and bandana. This is a fun challenge for those who want to participate to help our cause.
Event t-shirts, a doggie bandana and other goodies for the runners/walkers will be guaranteed to those who register by September 26, 2021.
Proceeds from this special fundraiser will directly benefit Great Lakes Bay Animal Society’s goal of providing quality veterinary care for animals in transition to their forever homes.
Saturday, October 9, 2021
Midland City Forest, 2840 E. Monroe Road, Midland, MI US 48640
Online RACE REGISTRATION is available at Runsignup.com. Pre-registration is only $30 and all children 6 years of age or younger are FREE with a registered adult! (The trail is stroller friendly.) Day-of-event registration is $35 with t-shirts and goodie bags (depending on availability).
RACE DAY INFORMATION
Race day registration and pre-registered participant bib and bag pick up.
5k run/walk WITHOUT dogs. Medals for first, second and third place will be awarded in male and female categories.
5k run/walk WITH dogs. For this race, only runners with dogs will be awarded medals for first, second, and third place in male and female categories.
5k run/walk virtual challenge. We welcome you to run/walk in Midland City Forest any time after the timed races start. We will leave the course set up until 4:00pm on Saturday.
Pre-registration is now open and goes through September 26, 2021 @ 11:59 p.m. for a fee of $30. Event t-shirts and goodie bags are guaranteed to those who register by this date.
Day-of-event registration on Saturday, October 9 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. is $35 with t-shirts and goodie bags (depending on availability). The Virtual Challenge event registration will be available until 3:00 pm Saturday.
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 26. They are available in Adult sizes: Small, Medium, Large, XL and 2XL. You may order extra t-shirts by clicking this link: ONLINE ORDER FORM
Early packet pick up will be at Midland City Forest on Friday ,October 8 from 5pm to 7pm. Or you may pick up your packet on race day in the morning prior to the race from 8:00 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.
We are excited to announce that Courthouse Clyde will be joining us as our Race Ambassador for the 9th annual Fast & Furriest 5K Trail Run on Saturday, October 9. Make plans to be there on race day to meet Midland County’s Probate & Family Court Therapy Dog.
In 2020, our Fast & Furriest 5K was held in October as a Virtual Race. This video from last year, however, explains why our annual fundraiser is so important to our mission.
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.)
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.
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Sign up for the virtual challenge and run/walk the course in Midland City Forest any time after the timed races start. We will leave the course set up until 4:00pm on Saturday. Or you may run/walk a course of your choice. Make sure to time yourself and take a selfie for submission. We would love to see how you chose to 5K.
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.
Ready to submit your Virtual Race Challenge 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.