New Venue Receives 'A-Paws" at
BY BARBARA RUSHMAN
SOUTH ORANGE, NJ--The 16th annual Hounds and Harriers Run was held in South Mountain Reservation on October 7. The weather forecast was for showers, but the weather gods were kind and the showers held off. This is the first year at the new location and everyone approved. It is very spectator friendly. It is easy to watch the start, walk a few steps and see the runners come by the one-mile point, then see everyone at the finish line a few feet away.
The overall winner was Scott Moran (New Providence) and his partner Eli in a time of 17:28. Second place went to Brendan Brown (South Orange) and his labradoodle, Ollie (17:42). The womans division was won by Kristine Juhl (NYC) and her Aussie mix, Calvin in 20:44. Runner-up was Wendy Reed and her hound/beagle mix, Bernadette (East Brunswick), whose time was 21:08. One hundred and thirty runner/dog teams completed the three-mile course.
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. German short-haired pointer KC Brown
had recently contracted degenerative myelopathy and can no longer
use her back legs. She had a chance to try out her new cart
in this event. All dogs that participated in this event were
veterans of the three-mile run and KC is a former award winner.
The race has raised over $130,000 for animal related charities since its inception in 1997. This year the race plans to donate $10,500 to several charities, the bulk of which is earmarked for Eleventh Hour Rescue and the Canine Cancer Research Foundation. Smaller donations are planned for Homes for Good rescue group in Summit, MARDOG, and the Tails n' Trails Run, which donates to Small Dog Rescue, Inc.
Twelve individuals or families donated between $100 and $500 each in memory of past pets. They include: Robin Dawson, Greg Mandak, Barb and John Rushman, Claudia and Joel Orton, Peter Hyland, Karen Fox, Michelle Kaweak, Annie Murphy, the DePiano family, Tim Hunt, Bill Winterbottom, and Wendy Reed. They received gift bags.
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 custom T-shirt and bandanna designed by Swedish artist Eva Riise. Each entrant also received a goodie bag with gifts from Milk Bone, PETCO, Kraft Foods, Terrys Pet Depot, Total Health, Dove, and NutriDent.
Milk Bone is the events main sponsor, but other contributions were made by returning sponsors NutriDent, Murray Hill Veterinary Associates, Morris Animal Inn, the Perambulating Pet Sitter, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, MARDOG, Bark Ave Mobile Pet Spa, and Camp Gone to the Dogs. New sponsors donating funds include Total Health (Florham Park), New York Foot and Ankle, Morris K9 Campus, Sneaker Factory (Millburn), Nielsen Chrysler Dodge, and Fitness One for Seniors. Other contributors donating goods include Staples, Shop Rite (Chatham), Westfield Veterinary Group, Ruffwear, RoadID, and Brooks.
Ron Brown and KC (9), Florham Park; Grace Cabanillas and Poppy (9), Annandale; Roseanne Micallef and Hailie (12), Maplewood; Debra Mongomery and Rusty (10), Liberty Corner.
Place Time Award
12. Kirstine Juhl/Calvin(australian Shepherd mix) 20:44 1st overall
14. Wendy Reed/Bernadette(hound/beagle mix) 21:08 1st shelter
47. Robin Schreck/Jasper(miniature poodle) 25:53 1st veteran
38. Eva Fisher/Herman(golden retriever) 24:56 1st large
40. Gail Dickard/Hailey(cattle dog) 25:09 1st small
15. Tara Gangi/Jesse(rat terrier) 21:29 2nd overall
17. Christine Fleming/Annie(German shepherd) 21:42 3rd overall
21. Natalia Sachs/Tucker(German shepherd) 22:02 4th overall
23. Elizabeth Kim/Zeek(mix) 22:49 5th overall
24. Corinne Bowen/J.B.(Portuguese Water Dog) 22:55 6th overall
25. Lori Sternberg/Baxter(goldendoodle) 23:01 7th overall
28. Stephanie Cooper/Nike(pit) 23:41 8th overall
30. Coreena Crescibene/Molly(Jack Russel/beagle) 23:46 9th overall
33. Laura Winters/Ollie(mix) 24:04 10th overall