The Hounds and Harriers Run Raises Funds
BY BARBARA RUSHMAN
MORRIS TOWNSHIP, NJ--The 14 annual Hounds and Harriers Run was held in Loantaka Park, on October 9. It was a beautiful, sunny day, starting out cool and warming up nicely for spectators. The overall winner was Glenn Hartrick (Jersey City) and yellow lab Jersey in a time of 17:34. Second place went to Chuck Paul and his 11 ½-year-old mix Lady (Madison), a veteran of many Hounds and Harriers Runs. The womans division was won by Wendy Rieger and her hound/beagle mix Bernadette (East Brunswick) who finished in 20:52. Runner-up was Debra Roseman and her American Staffordshire/Lab (Hampton) in a time of 21:26.
About 130 runner/dog teams completed the three-mile course. Thirteen of the dogs that ran the three-mile run were between 10 and 12 and over half were adopted from shelters or rescue groups. Almost 60% 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 13 dogs that participated in this event were veterans of the three-mile run and four dogs participated in the first race in 1997. Almost all were between 12 and 16 years old; Six of them were 15 or 16.
This race is a favorite of all who come because there are few opportunities in the Northeast to race with your dog. Here are a few comments sent in by the participants: Ken Fishkin and Daisy (Yorkie/Bichon): Today's event was so well-organized and fun. I want to thank everyone who volunteered. My tiny dog held up just fine the whole way and she ran better than ever. The weather was perfect, the people were so helpful. It was a great event. I would certainly do it again next year. Glenn Hartrick and Jersey (overall winner): Great race today, thanks so much to you and all of your volunteers, and the race Gods for a perfect day! This is one, if not my favorite race I do all year. Thanks for all of the time and effort in putting it on. Bob Karp (Daily Record)/Bodhi: Throughout my running career, Ive done over 100 marathons, triathlons, and everything down to 5Ks, and I was incredibly impressed by the level of organization and enthusiasm by you and all your volunteers. An absolutely first-class event run so smoothly with 150 dogs of all sizes participating, you made it look easy. Bodhi and I will definitely be back next year!!
The race raised over $12,450 this year for St. Huberts Animal Welfare Center. The total for the 14 years it has been held is now over $102,000. Twelve individuals or families donated or raised between $100 and $525 each: Kimberly Brown, Robin Dawson, Chris and Debbie Kelly, Steve Semple, Mark DePiano, Pat Koziol, Tim Hunt, Peter Hyland, Claudia and Joel Orton, Ron Reich, Kimberly Brown, and Geri OBrien. They received a gift bag from St. Huberts. Other $25 or more donors were given a membership to St. Huberts Animal Welfare Center.
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 years design was done by the race director by posterizing a photo of the two dogs running in a dog park. One of the dogs was the race directors dogs littermate Daisy Mae. Each entrant also received a goodie bag with gifts from PETCO, Kraft Foods, Milk Bone, and Morris Animal Inn.
Milk Bone is the events main sponsor but other contributions were made by returning sponsors Murray Hill Veterinary Associates, the Perambulating Pet Sitter, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, the PETCO Foundation, Runners Haven (Randolph), Bark Ave. Mobile Pet Spa, LMK Nutrition, Dog Guard--Out of Sight Dog Fencing, Morris Animal Inn, Bobs 50 @ 50, and Camp Gone to the Dogs. New sponsor Avoderm Dog Food, a product of Breeders Choice, became the races second largest sponsor. Apples, bagels, and bottled water were contributed by Whole Foods (Madison). Other local contributors donating goods include Staples (Madison), Shop Rite (Chatham), ProActive Fitness Training (Morristown), and Westfield Veterinary Group. The race is heavily supported by local running club, the Rose City Runners (Madison).
Paws from the Past:
1. Hartrick, Glenn/Jersey(lab) Jersey City 17:34, 1st overall
17. Rieger, Wendy/Bernadette(hound/beagle mix) East Bruswick
20:52, 1st overall