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Fast and the Furriest Run/Walk and Cat Care Conference

Any animal under 500 lbs is welcome to participate in the race.
Any animal under 500 lbs is welcome to participate in the race.
Raina Granger

If you're looking for something fun to do this weekend, the Professional Veterinary Medical students in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences are sponsoring the 8th Annual Fast and the Furriest 5K/1K Run/Walk on Saturday April 23rd. Proceeds from the event will benefit CSU's Veterinary Medical Center's Companion Animal Care Fund, which helps community members pay for life-saving or emergency procedures performed at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. A portion of the proceeds will also go to the DVM Class of 2013 Scholarship Fund.

Race day features a doggie/runner expo, a fast new course, live music, lots of race day give-aways, and the best doggie demos in town. The 1K kids fun run will feature the Easter bunny, face-painting and bunny ears for all participants. Any animal under 500 lbs is welcome to participate.

Awards will be given for the top three male and female finishers overall, the top male and female with pet, and fun pet awards including the furriest, the smallest, the biggest, and the most unusual pet finishers. The top overall male and top overall female will each be issued a certificate from Running for a one night stay at Active in Altitude in Estes Park. All participants will receive an original T-shirt and are eligible for lots of great race-day give-aways.

When: Saturday, April 23, 2011, 07:30 AM

Where: CSU Main Campus, Oval Drive, Fort Collins

The race will start on Isotope Dr., just off of the south end of the oval. The oval is located on the northeast corner of campus off of Laurel St, west of Shields. Parking is available in any of the surrounding lots on campus.

Entrance fee
: $25.00 ($30.00 on race day). Fee includes t-shirt, race day photos, and access to all the food and expo fun and entertainment at the event. Kids fun run will be free without a t-shirt or $7.00 with a t-shirt. Kids under 12 may register for the 5k and receive a t-shirt for $7.00.

Where to register:

Race Day Events and Location:
7:30 am: Packet pick-up and race day registration
9:00 am: 5K Run/Walk
10:00 am: 1K Kid's Fun Run
10:30 am: Awards
8:00 am-12:00 pm: Runner/doggie Expo!

For those of you that are particularly interested in the feline species, Colorado State University veterinary students will also host the annual Cat Care Conference at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 23rd at the Junior Lecture Hall in CSU's Veterinary Teaching Hospital, 300 W. Drake Road, Fort Collins. The conference is sponsored by the Student Chapter of the American Association of Feline Practitioners and includes a free breakfast (8:30 - 9:00 a.m.) and lunch. Lectures start at 9 a.m.

Each lecture is approximately 40 minutes in length and is followed by a brief question-and-answer period. Scheduled lectures include:

  • Cats Live Longer Lives: How to Keep Them (and You!) From Going Insane
  • Common Diseases of the Aging Cat: Signs that Every Owner Should Watch For
  • Common Household Toxicities: What You Don't Know Can Hurt Them
  • Do Cats Get Colds? Understanding Sniffling and Sneezing in Cats
  • Q&A Session: Answers to All Your Burning Cat Questions

Following the conference, at 3 p.m., there will be a tour of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital for those interested.

To register, email with the following information: name, address, phone number, email, and number attending.

Although the conference is free, donations are appreciated. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Fort Collins Cat Rescue, Northern Colorado Friends of Ferals and Duncan's Place.

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