Record Donation for St. Huberts
Animal Welfare Center
BY BARBARA RUSHMAN
MORRIS TOWNSHIP, NJ--The 12th annual Hounds and Harriers Run was held in Loantaka Park on October 11. It was a gorgeous fall day--sunny, cool, and dry, perfect for running. The overall winner was Daniel Seidel (Brooklyn, NY) and husky Sasha in a time of 16:56. It was Daniels first Hounds and Harriers Run, although his partner, Sasha, has run before with her owner Scott Johnson. The top four places were taken by race newcomers, three from out of state. Runner-up Kevin Bandru (17:15) came from Dickson City, PA. Kevin took it easy early in the race because he was running a marathon the next day, but decided to have a strong finish and passed many runners in the last half-mile.
The womans division was won by Christine Scheuch (Newton) and her German Shepherd Annie in 20:18. It was her second time at the race. Runner-up was Cheryl Maccaroni and her 13-year-old Australian Kelpie Dakota. Cheryl and Dakota won the womans division in 1998 and 1999.
One-hundred-forty-one runner/dog teams completed the three-mile course. Runners came from as far away as York Haven, PA (185 miles). Twenty-four runners were from out of state. Twenty of the dogs that ran the three-mile run were between 10 and 14 and, almost half were adopted from shelters or rescue groups. Over half of the human entrants were women.
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 nine dogs that participated in this event were veterans of the three-mile run and were all 12 years old or older. That included two 16-year-old dogs, a pug mix Rudy Moorhead (Morris Plains) and the race directors Brittany mix Sunchi Rushman (Florham Park).
Another great day, great race, and only 363 more days to the next one and I'm counting. I'm so glad my sister-in-law got me involved with your race. You and the race have become an important part of my life. You organize the best race on planet. Jill Sanders (Butler) wrote to her running club: I ran this past Saturday with my beagle/husky mix Lucy. I have to say I think is the best experience we've ever had, and we've run the race five years now. The trails in Loantaka Park were all freshly covered with fine gravel which made the footing easy. The goody bag at this race was great?edible treats for me and for Lucy. We also got a few toys and even a leash. The T-shirt was cute, too, with a cartoon of two dogs that are begging to go running.
The race raised about $11,500 this year for St. Huberts Animal Welfare Center. The total for the 12 years it has been held is now over $75,000. Ten individuals or families donated or raised between $100 and $450: Chris and Debbie Kelly, Robin and Susan Dawson, Julie and Michael Burke, Pat Koziol, John Beers, Tim Hunt, Peter Hyland, Michele Kraweak, Ron Reich, Kimberly Brown, Tom McMillan, and Mark DePiano. They received a gift bag from St. Huberts. Other $25-or-more donors were given a membership to St Huberts Animal Welfare Center.
The grand prize was a $100 gift card for PETCO. All placement and grand-prize winners received a custom designed show ribbon donated by PETCO, and a custom calendar with T-shirt art from the 12 Hounds and Harriers Runs. In addition to 10 placement awards for men and women, awards were given to first shelter adoptee or rescued dog, first veteran dog (age 10 or over), first small, and first large dog.
Each entrant also received a goodie bag with gifts from Kraft Foods, PETCO, Morris Animal Inn, Cadbury Adams, and Madison Veterinary Hospital. Milk Bone is the events main sponsor, but other contributions were made by returning sponsors Murray Hill Veterinary Associates, the Perambulating Pet Sitter, Smith Barney Citigroup, the PETCO Foundation, TriBoro OBGYN (Madison), Runners Haven (Randolph), Bark Ave Mobile Pet Spa, Dr. Paul Banks (DDS), and Julie Corbin, Ph.D. (pet bereavement, Bernardsville). New sponsors contributing this year include I.A. Smith Contractors, Pet Butler, LMK Nutrition, The Illustrated Pet, Dog Guard Electric Fencing, and Net Worth Management Group. Apples and bagels were contributed by Whole Foods (Madison). Other local contributors donating goods include Schnippers Gift Shop (Madison), Well Bred (Chester), and Staples (Madison).
Paws from the Past: Jenny Deery & Bailey (13 years old), Karen Fox & Tucker (12), Ann Moorhead & Rudy (16), Troy Prebenda & Stargazer (12), Collin Prebenda & Chinky (14), Barbara Rushman & Sunchi (16), Joe Sikora & Charlie (14), Gary Farishian & Hanson (13), and Greg Mandak & Beri (13).
1. Daniel Seidel/Sheba (Alaskan husky)
1. Christine Scheuch/Annie (German Shepherd)
1. Daniel Seidel/Shelba 16:56
18. John Bye/Archie 20:58
19. Bill Winterbottom/Kate 21:08
20. Dante DiPirro/Riggs 21:12
21. Robert Lazansky/Fiona 21:30
22. Robert Tona/Blaze 21:31
23. Chris Curry/Fred 21:34
24. Joseph Doyle/Darla Blue 22:07
25. Cheryle Maccaroni/Dakota 22:45
26. Carl Deddens/Bandit 22:53
27. Andy McDonnell/Elvis 22:54
28. Brian Dwyer/Daisy 22:57
29. Ali Locke/Victor 23:03
30. Robin Dawson/Gretle 23:19
31. Shane Prebenda/Relic 23:21
32. Bob Bocchetti/Champ 23:21
33. Michael Valentine/Goliath 23:22
34. Paul Yurga/Bailey 23:23
35. Jill Sanders/Lucy 23:33
36. Leslie Fox/Finny 23:44
37. Bill Knudsen/Ginger 23:45
38. Tara Petti/Olive 23:51
39. Lisabeth Sunda/Jaeger 23:51
40. Bob Moran/Kelly 23:52