The Hounds and Harriers Run Raising Funds for St Huberts Animal Welfare Center
BY BARBARA RUSHMAN
MORRIS TOWNSHIP, NJ--The 15th annual Hounds and Harriers Run was held in Loantaka Park on October 8. It was a beautiful, sunny day, starting out cool and warming up nicely for spectators. The overall winner for the 2nd year was Glenn Hartrick (Jersey City) and his yellow lab Jersey in a time of 17:50. Second place went to Brendan Brown (South Orange) and his labradoodle Ollie (17:59). The womens division was won by Meredith Locasto and her lab/boxer mix Roscoe (Long Valley) in 20:44. Runner-up was Wendy Reed and her hound/beagle mix Bernadette (East Brunswick) whose time was 20:49.
One hundred forty-five runner/dog teams completed the three-mile course. Two dogs currently up for adoption at St. Huberts Animal Center participated in the race with volunteers. Cattle-dog mix Faye would do well in an active home. Shepherd mix McDougal has energy to run but is content just to hang out. Both look forward to finding their forever home.
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 eight dogs that participated in this event were veterans of the three-mile run and 16-year-old Max Brown was in the first Hounds and Harriers Run in 1997.
This race is a favorite of all that come because there are few opportunities to run a race with your dog. Here are a few comments sent in by the participants:
Ann Zouvelekis: I just wanted to commend you on a wonderful event on Saturday. The course was great and the volunteers were just fabulous. I know you have worked for many months to organize and oversee all of the details. St. Hubert's is one of my favorite charities (I have adopted three cats from St. Hubert's), so I hope we raised a lot of money and awareness.
Shelly Prebenda: We all loved the race this year. It may have been the most fun I've ever had. I think I loved it because there was less stress somehow, and more time to marvel at all of the wonderful dogs and dog owners. It is what I look forward to each fall. Thank you for giving all of us this special occasion with our devoted companions.
The race raised about $12 thousand this year for St. Huberts Animal Welfare Center. The total funds raised over the 15 years it has been held is now about $114 thousand. Twelve individuals or families donated or raised between $100 and $600 each: Kimberly Brown, Robin Dawson, Chris and Debbie Kelly, Peter Hyland, Pat Koziol, Michelle Kaweak, Tim Hunt, Greg Mandak, Bill Winterbottom, Jackie Wright, Ron Reich, and Geri OBrien. They received a gift bag from St. Huberts.
The grand prize was a $100 gift card for PETCO and the placement prize the other winners received: a custom designed show ribbon donated by MARDOG, and a custom calendar with photos of last years Hounds and Harriers Run. 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.
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 Avoderm Dog Food, Milk Bone, PETCO, Terrys Pet Depot, and Simon and Shuster.
Milk Bone is the events main sponsor but other contributions were made by returning sponsors Avoderm Dog Food, Murray Hill Veterinary Associates, the Perambulating Pet Sitter, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, the PETCO Foundation, Runners Haven (Randolph), Bark Ave. Mobile Pet Spa, Dog Guard--Out of Sight Dog Fencing, Morris Animal Inn, Triboro OBGYN, and Camp Gone to the Dogs. New sponsors Smart Tag, MARDOG also donated funds. Apples and water were contributed by Whole Foods (Madison). Other local contributors donating goods include Staples (Madison), Shop Rite (Chatham), San Francisco (Madison), Joyce Ferris Pet Portraits, and Fine Art and Westfield Veterinary Group. The race is heavily supported by local running club, the Rose City Runners (Madison).
Paws from the Past:
1. Glenn Hartrick/Jersey (lab) 17:50 1st overall
1. Meredith Locasto/Roscoe (lab/boxer) 20:44 1st overall
1. Glenn Hartrick/Jersey (lab) 17:50