Hounds and Harriers Run Raises Record
BY BARBARA RUSHMAN
MORRIS TOWNSHIP, NJ--The 10th annual Hounds and Harriers Run was held in Loantaka Park on October 14. It was the most beautiful fall day. There was not a cloud in the sky and the air was cool and dry. This year the race was to inaugurate a new course due to the construction of a new fence in the park. The runners inadvertently got off course less than two miles into the race and all ran a short course. Edging out last years mens winner--Kevin Higgins of Randolph and his golden retriever, Sneakers--was first timer Jerry DeRosa of Bridgewater and his lab, Mizuno. It was a close finish and the runners were under a 5:20 pace. The lead woman, Bonnie Linton and her wire-haired pointing griffon, won again for the 6th straight year. She was followed 14 seconds later by Chris Kachinsky Bye of West Orange and her lab pointer mix, Archie.
One hundred and thirty-seven runner/dog teams competed on this perfect day. Runners came from as far away as Delaware, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and New York to participate in this run that made Runners Worlds top five races in the U.S. to run in October. 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. All seven dogs that competed in this event were nine years old or older including 14-year-old pug mix Rudy Moorhead from Morris Plains.
This race is a favorite of all that come because there are no other opportunities in the Northeast to race with your dog. No one seemed to mind the course error and all seemed to take it in stride. The following are just a few of the comments that were sent in by race participants:
We all had a most happy time at the 10th Annual Hounds and Harriers race. It was still a great day and Elsie got to the treat basket sooner that she would have if we had run the whole three miles!--Karen Fox
You said you wanted to create the best day of the year for the dogs Im sure you did One of my more enjoyable days too!--Mark DePiano
I think the only one having more fun than me and E.D. was my daughter. She loves seeing all the dogs. But I think the highlight for her was the fact that the woman manning the food table let her have a doughnut with sprinkles on it during the race. She was thinking, 150 dogs and a doughnut with sprinkles; it does not get any better.--Peter Hyland
The race is donating $9,000 from the 2006 event to St Huberts Animal Welfare Center, an increase over last years donation. Ten individuals or families donated between $100 and $500: Chris and Debbie Kelly, Robin and Susan Dawson, Julie and Michael Burke, Pat Koziol, John Beers, John Walsh, Tim Hunt, Peter Hyland, Michele Kraweak, Mark DePiano, and Nancy and Richard Freundlich. They received a gift bag from Morris Animal Inn. Other $25 or more donors were given a membership to St. Huberts Animal Welfare Center.
The grand prize was a gift bag of goodies and toys and a $50 gift card from PETCO in East Hanover. All placement winners received a custom-designed show ribbon donated by PETCO and a dog bowl donated by Milk Bone. In addition to ten placement awards for men and women, awards were given to the first shelter adoptee or rescued dog, first veteran dog (age 10 or over), first small and first large dog.
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, this year by Mutts Comics author Patrick McDonnell.
St. Huberts Adoptees: Max Brown, Scootty Brown, J.J. Colrick, Kelly Moran, Misha Olesnicky, Nellie OBrien, Sunchi and Daisy Rushman, Shadow Prebenda, Casey and Skippy Redling, and Rudy Moorhead
Veteran Dogs (10 or Over): 10 years: Phobe Grund, Tucker Fox; 11 years: Dakota Maccaroni, Beri Mandak, Lizzy Hunt, Charlie Koziol, Max Brown and Harrison Farishian; 12 years: Gretl Dawson, Kate Winterbottom, Charlie Sodora, Maxie Gass (Paws Run), Chinky Prebenda, and Casey Redling; 14 years: Sunchi Rushman and Rudy Moorhead
Paws from the Past: Gary Farishian and Hanson, Karen Fox and Tucker, Toby Gass and Maxie, Ann Moorhead and Rudy, Collin Prebenda and Chinky, Troy Prebenda and Stargazer, and Diane Redling and Casey
Dogs Running in all Nine Hounds and Harriers Runs: Tucker Fox, Sunchi Rushman
1. Jerry DeRosa/Mizuno (Lab)* 11:01
1. Jerry DeRosa/Mizuno (Lab)* 11:01
1. Joseph McVeigh/Blue (brdr. col./esk.)* 11:25
1. Robin Dawson/Gretl (plothound) 15:35
1. Kevin Higgins/Sneakers (gold. retriever)* 11:02
1. Greg Mandak/Beri (Welsh Terrier) 16:48
1. Bonnie Linton/Rusty (w. hairied p. griff.) 14:49
1. Christine Kachinsky/Archie (lab/pointer) 15:03
1. Cheryl Maccaroni/Dakota (Aust. Kelpie) 16:37
1. Nancy Halper/Otis (Italian Spinone) 18:28
1. Jill Sanders/Lucy (beagle/husky) 16:36