AVA CURRY AND SLIDER
WITH FATHER ROBERT CURRY AND
KARMA, #21 AND SUSAN DEROBERTS AND HOUSTON
LARRY GINDOFF PHOTO
Morse, Gangi Take Gold with Their
Furry Friends at Hounds and Harriers Run
BY BARBARA RUSHMAN
SOUTH ORANGE, NJ--The 17th annual Hounds and Harriers Run
was held in South Mountain Reservation on October 5. The weather
forecast was for warm temperatures, but at race time it hovered
around 70 degrees. The Crest Drive course is very spectator friendly.
It is easy to watch the start, walk a few steps, and see the
runners come by the one-mile point, then see everyone at the
finish line a few feet away.
The overall winner was Eric Morse (Berlin, VT) and his partner
Murdock, a West Highland terrier in 16:49. Second place went
to Scott Moran (New Providence) and his hound mix Eli (17:44).
The womans division was won by Tara Gangi (Manalapan) and
her rat terrier Jesse in 19:29. Runner-up was Holly McDonald
(Lebanon) and lab/Dane mix Addie whose time was 20:50. This is
the year of the small dog. Murdock was less than 1/2 the weight
of any former winning dog. The dog with the lead woman was also
the smallest dog ever to win the womans award. And, to
top that, a 10 lb. Chihuahua named Harry pulled his very fit
owner, Pete Shebey, the whole run to an impressive finish. One
hundred and thirty runner/dog teams completed the three-mile
A second shorter event called the Paws from the Past
was held for dogs that are retired from running the longer course
due to age or disability. Beagle Skippy Redling ran his first
Hounds and Harriers Run in 1998 and has participated in the three-mile
event 12 times. This is his first year in the Paws from the Past.