It was perfect racing conditions for some furry, but fierce competitors.

It was the annual hamster ball derby at the Petco pet store in Lansing.

Using their hamster balls, the rodents raced down an eight-foot track in the general direction of the finish line.

It’s all for fun and the thrill of the race.

Believe it or not, there are 10 million pet hamsters nationwide.

Mark Francis, Petco employee: “It’s just to help celebrate the human and animal bond. Everybody loves their pet and this is just one way they can enjoy their pet, take it outside and have fun with them.”