Pandemic Nixes Wildly Popular Springtime Fundraiser—but Runners can Still Participate AND Win Prizes!
BOSTON, April 12, 2020 – The Coronavirus pandemic has made holding May’s Fast and Furriest 5K Run, Walk, Wag impossible, but the MSPCA-Angell is still offering participants a chance to exercise, raise critically needed funds for animals and win big prizes!
Participants can sign up to run (or walk, or wag) a virtual 5K anytime between April 2 and May 31 and post photos of their effort—whether running shoes, a course map or a tired and happy canine who went along for the run—to Instagram with the hashtag #MSPCAFastAndFurriest.
Participants can sign up for the virtual event at fastandfurriest.com, and anyone who has previously registered for the May 17th event is automatically enrolled. The Fast and Furriest typically raises over $200,000 to fund the MSPCA’s adoption, advocacy, law enforcement and veterinary programs, and the organization hopes this (first-ever) virtual event will raise $75,000.
Prizes for Top Fundraisers
One of the Fast and Furriest biggest draws has been the number and kind of big-value prizes on offer for top fundraisers. This year’s virtual event is no exception. From Samsung flatscreen TVs and Vitamix blenders for those who raise at least $10,000, to AirPod Pro and GoPro cameras for those who raise $5,000—the big money prizes are there for the taking.
Any participant who raises $100 or more will get a human and canine medal mailed to them, and anyone who raises $1,000 or more will receive a “Fast and Furriest 5K”-branded fleece.