DAVID PANUSH AND KARMA POSE WITH DAVID'S FATHER,
RICHARD, FOLLOWING THEIR WIN, AND NEW COURSE RECORD,
AT THE HOUNDS AND HARRIERS RUN.

Course Record Smashed at
the Hounds and Harriers Run

BY BARBARA RUSHMAN

MORRIS TOWNSHIP, NJ--The 6th annual 3-mile Hounds and Harriers Run was held in Loantaka Park on October 12. David Panush celebrated his 28th birthday with his black lab, Karma, by winning the race for the third year in a row. David smashed his old course record by 23 seconds, running the course in 15:49. David is a teacher and cross-country coach in Washington, DC. His parents live in nearby Florham Park, NJ. David's father, Richard Panush, Director of Internal Medicine at St. Barnabus Medical Center, also ran in the race with his dog Sweedie (23:01). The women's winner was Bonnie Linton and her Labrador retriever Brandie, of Hackettown, in a time of 18:54, 27 seconds off the course record she set last year.

There were 122 runner/dog teams that came out in the light drizzle to be part of this special day. That is considered a huge turnout considering that only 150 runner/dog teams had been expected, and the skies were pretty gloomy. Most were not willing to let a little drizzle and soggy grass deter them from this event, held only once a year. Race director Barbara Rushman, of Florham Park, describes how everyone felt: "I feel like the Grinch tried to steal our Christmas but it came just the same. The weather couldn't dampen our spirits and joy of spending time with our best friends." Barbara was also celebrating the 10th anniversary of the adoption of her best friend and training partner, Sunchi, from St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center. In fact, Sunchi and her love of running and racing was the inspiration for the race.

The race plans to donate $5,600 from the 2002 event to St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center. This increase was due in large part to the generosity of the participants who donated money in addition to the entry fee. Three couples, Chris and Debbie Kelly, Robin and Susan Dawson, and Robert and Joann Duncan fell in the $100 or more category. Susan Dawson also donated a dozen handmade dog coats that were sold raising additional funds. These three couples were given gift bags of Kraft Foods' products as a thank you. Other donors were given a gift of "Oreo Cow" stuffed animals.

The grand prize was a large bin of goodies and toys and a $50 gift certificate from NJ Pets, in East Hanover. All place winners received a ceramic Milk Bone treat jar and a custom designed show ribbon donated by NJ Pets. In addition to ten placement awards for men and women, recognition was given to first shelter adoptee or rescued dog, first veteran dog (age 10 or over), first small dog (25 lbs. or under), and first large dog (75 lbs. or over). First Shelter Adoptee was won by Lady and her owner Chuck Paul (17:34) and Dakota with Cheryl Maccaroni (19:31). First Veteran dog was awarded to Ernie and Mark DePiano (18:23) and the race director's dog Sunchi Rushman running with Kelly Vanasse (20:03). Ernie, in fact, was the most senior dog in the race at 12 years and 9 months old!

 

DANTE DIPIRRO AND RIGGS, 10TH OVERALL IN 19:06.
The main goal of the event is to have a fun and safe event for runners and their most reliable and enthusiastic training partners, their dogs. The race prides itself on the amenities given to each participant. This included a specially designed T-shirt and bandanna. Each entrant also received a goodie bag with gifts from Kraft Foods and its Nabisco Division and NJ Pets. Anna Thornhill, a nationally ranked age-group runner from NY, proclaimed, "Your event is so enjoyable--the dogs are so wonderful and the participants and crowd have such a great time! You--and all your volunteers--do such a great job and the goodie bag is worth more than the entry fee alone."

Milk Bone is the event's main sponsor but other contributions were made by Murray Hill Veterinary Associates, the Perambulating Pet Sitter, Liberty Abstract title insurance company, Benefits and Premium Review, and Actively Yours: Active Wear for Less. Drawing prizes came from Runner's World, Kong, Inc., Debbie Kelly, and American Animal Hospital. This race is put on by the Madison (NJ) based Rose City Runners Club.

Special Recognition was given in the following categories:

Donors giving $25 or more: Bonnie Ash, Guy Beardslee, Vicki Benz, Barry Bittermaster, Julie and Michael Burke, Margaret Drenchko, Robin and Susan Dawson, Robert and Joann Duncan, Mark DePiano, Laurel Fox, Jesse Greenwald, Chris and Debbie Kelly, Wendy Locke, Marge Moline, Joel Orton, Bill Pape, Robyn and Darron Ryder, David Shoemaker, Ron Stott, Robert and Rosanne Tona, Joel Vaag, Barb and Mike VonHalle, Bill Winterbottom, and Tom Write.

St. Hubert's adoptees: Tia Beardslee, Max Brown, J.J. Colrick, Andy and Bing Doyle, Kelly Moran, Rudy Moorhead, Shadow Prebenda, Skippy Redling, Oreo and Sunchi Rushman, and Ally Wyman.

Veteran Dogs (10 or over): Maxine Cerria, Sasha Chavez, Eddie Cutlip, Ernie DePiano, Andy Doyle, Tasha Hazelwood, Kali Hoeltzel, Iggy Lessack, Rudy Moorhead, Bentley Saradarian, and Sunchi Rushman.

Teams that have run all 6 years: Max and Tracy Brown, Bob and Sasha Chavez, Mark and Ernie DePiano, Karen and Tucker Fox, and Mary and Ajax Guella.

 

GUY BEARDSLEE AND ADOPTED FRIEND TIA, 38TH
OVERALL IN 23:53.
Overall

1. David Panush/Karma (lab) Washington, DC 15:49
2. Chuck Paul/Lady (speedmix) Madison 17:34
3. Bill Winterbottom/Kate (lab) Jackson 17:42
4. Bob Beers/Jake (weimeraner) Califon 17:51
5. Robin Dawson/Gretl (plothound) Princeton 18:18
6. Mark DePiano/Ernie (border collie) Augusta 18:23
7. Brian Bumgarner/Guinness (Catahoula mix) 18:27
8. Louis Touzin/Jete (golden retriever) Morris Plains 18:48
9. Bonnie Linton/Brandie (lab) Hackettstown 18:54
10. Dante DiPirro/Riggs (lab pit mix) Titusville 19:06
11. Olando Paz/Enzo (Belgian Sheepdog) Sloatsburg 19:20
12. Cheryl Maccaroni/Dakota (Australian Kelpie) 19:31
13. Phil Ferraro/Zack (lab) Middlesex 19:55
14. Ben Clarke/Maddie (beagle) Wayne 19:58
15. Christine Solomon/Haley (lab mix) Princeton 20:01
16. Kathy Fulton/Austin (weimeraner) Basking Ridge 20:02
17. Kelly Vanasse/Sunchi (brittany mix) Bridgewater 20:03
18. Rob Curry/Max (lab mix) Chester 20:15
19. Perrin Masi/Molly (Germ ShHr Pointer) Newton 20:21
20. Tom Jakositz/Tucker (lab) Old Bridge 20:30
21. Chris Kelly /Pluto (weimeraner) Somerset 20:36
22. Robert Tona/Blaze (brittany) Monmouth Junction 20:38
23. Peter Hyland/E.D. (golden retriever) Glen Gardner 20:42
24. Tara McClain/Mandi (lab/pit mix) Wharton 20:44
25. Bob Bocchetti/Champ (brittany) Jackson 21:29
26. Rickey Richardson/Troder (lab) Somerset 22:02
27. John McGuigam/Rusty (foxhound/shepherd) 22:03
28. Bill Knudsen/Ginger (mixed terrier) Budd Lake 22:08
29. Gary Knudsen/Rudy (lab mix) Johnsonburg 22:22
30. Greg Mandak/Beri (Welsh Terrier) Clifton 22:36
31. Susan Dawson/Sparky (lab/greyhound) Princeton 22:36
32. Thomas Wright/Skye (siberian husky) Bridgewater 22:39
33. Joseph Doyle/Andy (wolfhound mix) Madison 22:40
34. Eric Jaworowski/Chaps (mix) Paramus 22:41
35. Rich Panush/Sweedie (hound mix) Florham Park 23:01
36. John Beers/Abby (mix) Madison 23:09
37. Bob Chavez/Sasha (American Eskimo) Colonia 23:38
38. Guy Beardslee/Tia (lab/shepherd) West Orange 23:53
39. Chris Decker/Fudge (Boykin Spaniel) C. Station 23:53
40. Neil Kaufman/Ziggy (wheaten terrier) Chatham 24:04
41. Peter McPhee/Ruby (lab/chow) Wanaque 24:18
42. Joel Orton/Sadie (golden retriever) Clinton 24:20
43. Darlene Racht/Jesse (golden retriever) Phillipsburg 24:32
44. Heather Welch/Callie (mix) Verona 24:41
45. Shelly Cutlip/Eddie (husky mix) Morristown 24:46
46. Dave Shoemaker/Whitney (samoyed) Mendham 24:52
47. Rick Polay/Timber (weimeraner) Freehold 24:58
48. Edward Ruf/Charlie (standard poodle) Flanders 25:02
49. Bob Moran/Kelly (border collie) Cedar Knolls 25:07
50. John Grund/Phoebe (golden retriever) Boonton 25:28

MALE

Overall

1. David Panush/Karma (lab) Washington, DC 15:49

Shelter Adoptee/Rescue

1. Chuck Paul/Lady (speedmix) Madison 17:34

Veteran Dog (10 years and Over)

1. Mark DePiano/Ernie (border collie) Augusta 18:23

Large dog (75 lbs. and Over)

1. Bob Beers/Jake (weimeraner) Califon 17:51

Small Dog (25 lbs. and Under)

1. Ben Clarke/Maddie (beagle) Wayne 19:58
2. Bill Winterbottom/Kate (lab) Jackson 17:42
3. Robin Dawson/Gretl (plothound) Princeton 18:18
4. Brian Bumgarner/Guinness (Catahoula mix) 18:27
5. Louis Touzin/Jete (golden retriever) Morris Plains 18:48
6. Dante DiPirro/Riggs (lab pit mix) Titusville 19:06
7. Olando Paz/Enzo (Belgian Sheepdog) Sloatsburg 19:20
8. Phil Ferraro/Zack (lab) Middlesex 19:55
9. Rob Curry/Max (lab mix) Chester 20:15
10. Tom Jakositz/Tucker (lab) Old Bridge 20:30

FEMALE

Overall

1. Bonnie Linton/Brandie (lab) Hackettstown 18:54

Shelter Adoptee/Rescue

1. Cheryl Maccaroni/Dakota (Australian Kelpie) 19:31

Veteran Dog (10 years and Over)

1. Kelly Vanasse/Sunchi (brittany mix) Bridgewater 20:03

Large Dog (75 lbs. and Over)

1. Kathy Fulton/Austin (weimeraner) Basking Ridge 20:02

Small Dog (25 lbs. and Under)

1. Robyn Ryder/Molly (mini pin) High Bridge 25:52
2. Christine Solomon/Haley (lab mix) Princeton 20:01
3. Perrin Masi/Molly (Germ ShHr Pointer) Newton 20:21
4. Tara McClain/Mandi (lab/pit mix) Wharton 20:44
5. Susan Dawson/Sparky (lab/greyhound) Princeton 22:36
6. Darlene Racht/Jesse (golden retriever) Phillipsburg 24:32
7. Heather Welch/Callie (mix) Verona 24:41
8. Shelly Cutlip/Eddie (husky mix) Morristown 24:46
9. Pat LaPlaca/Jake (golden retriever) Pittstown 25:54
10. Debra Paziora/Donovan (lab) Newton 25:55