Sponsors, Runners, Walkers and Dogs Lace up, Prepare to go the Distance
BOSTON, May 16, 2016 – The sun is out, the trees are in bloom and runners, walkers and pet enthusiasts across Massachusetts are set to tackle the debut of the new family-friendly MSPCA-Angell spring fundraiser: the Fast and Furriest 5K – Run, Walk, Wag!
On Your Mark!
The event takes place Sunday, May 22 at DCR Baxter Park at Assembly Row in Somerville, Mass. The all-new community event combines the interests of past “Walk for Animals” and “Run Fur Fun” participants in a timed 5K fun run, a shorter walk and a “Ducky Dash” kids’ fun run—each featuring canines, of course.
Early registration has set a torrid pace for fundraising. Already over $120,000 has been raised to support ongoing animal care programs at the MSPCA, and the organization hopes to double that amount by the time the event concludes. The Fast and Furriest online “honor roll” provides rolling updates on top raising individuals and teams.
Online registration is now closed and on-site registration opens at 8:00 a.m. the day of the event. The “Ducky Dash” kicks off at 9:00 a.m., followed by the 5K at 10:00 a.m. The run and walk will be followed by activities including vendor booths, food and contests and entertainment for the whole family.
Registration is $35 for adults and $15 for children, with the opportunity to fundraise and win amazing prizes—from flat screen televisions and Kindles to smart watches, drones and more. All funds raised will benefit the tens of thousands of animals served every year by the MSPCA’s three adoption centers, hospitals and other animal protection programs.
The race course is flat and scenic but the event is first and foremost a fun run, with hundreds of participants running and walking alongside their dogs. There will be awards for the top five male and female run finishers along with contests and raffles for all participants.
Key Sponsors Supporting the Fast and Furriest
The Fast and Furriest sponsor list includes a who’s who of top corporate brands spanning the pet care, finance, food and beverage industries, including:
Especially for Pets TD Bank Hills Pet Nutrition Merck Animal Health Merial
Patterson Veterinary Antech Boston Red Dog Covidien/Medtronic Idexx
Winter Wyman Co. Well Pet Zoetis Cedars Royal Canin
Middlesex Savings Bank Northeast Veterinary Supply Company Assembly Row
Belmont Springs Noosa Polka Dog Whole Foods Yoghund
Hot 96.9 Boston Scout Magazine Nesquik Suja Juice
Ernestos Pizza Logitech
For more information about the Fast and Furriest 5K Run, Walk, Wag! readers can click here.
The MSPCA-Angell is a national and international leader in animal protection and veterinary medicine and provides direct hands-on care for thousands of animals each year. Founded in 1868, it is the second-oldest humane society in the United States. Services include animal protection and adoption, advocacy, humane education, law enforcement, and world-class veterinary care. The MSPCA-Angell is a private, non-profit organization. It does not receive any government funding nor is it funded or operated by any national humane organization. The MSPCA-Angell relies solely on the support and contributions of individuals who care about animals. Please visit www.mspca.org.