2013 MEN'S WINNER ERIC MORSE AND MURDOCK (16:46)
LEADING SCOTT MORAN AND ELI
VICKI BENZ PHOTO

Morse, Gangi Take Gold with Their
Furry Friends at Hounds and Harriers Run

BY BARBARA RUSHMAN

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ--The 17th annual Hounds and Harriers Run was held in South Mountain Reservation on October 5. The weather forecast was for warm temperatures, but at race time it hovered around 70 degrees. The Crest Drive course 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 Eric Morse (Berlin, VT) and his partner Murdock, a West Highland terrier in 16:49. Second place went to Scott Moran (New Providence) and his hound mix Eli (17:44). The woman’s division was won by Tara Gangi (Manalapan) and her rat terrier Jesse in 19:29. Runner-up was Holly McDonald (Lebanon) and lab/Dane mix Addie whose time was 20:50. This is the year of the small dog. Murdock was less than 1/2 the weight of any former winning dog. The dog with the lead woman was also the smallest dog ever to win the woman’s award. And, to top that, a 10 lb. Chihuahua named Harry pulled his very fit owner, Pete Shebey, the whole run to an impressive finish. 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. Beagle Skippy Redling ran his first Hounds and Harriers Run in 1998 and has participated in the three-mile event 12 times. This is his first year in the Paws from the Past.

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: Carolyn Wezenter: “I'm just in awe of how you do this so well year after year. GOD bless you for all the $$ you raise for all the homeless doggies. What a big difference you make to these furry animals.” Scott Moran: “I run dozens of races every year but there's none I look forward to more than the Hounds and Harriers.   I know it is a lot of hard work to coordinate such an event but it’s definitely appreciated on my end.”  Randi Lass: “You outdid yourself this year. Thank you for yet again, another amazing H&H. There is a reason that everyone keeps coming back!” Shelley Prebenda: “You know, life gets crazy busy and I find myself asking if I should really cancel weekend sports and music activities for the boys, and drive four hours to take part in this event. Then we make the right decision and arrive at the park for the run and it's always so worth the effort!  We shall always make every effort to be there. It is the most delightful, rewarding, ‘bonding’ event we enjoy each fall season. THIS NEW HOUNDS & HARRIERS RUN EVENT AT THE SOUTH MOUNTAIN RESERVATION IS THE BEST EVER. We simply love it.”

 

MIKE TALBOT FINISHING WITH DIXIE AND FENWAY AT THE 2013
HOUNDS AND HARRIERS RUN. FENWAY PULLED OUT OF HIS
LEASH TO CATCH UP TO DAD LEAVING HIS RUNNING PARTNER
DOGLESS.
LARRY GINDOFF PHOTO
The race has raised over $150,000 for animal related charities since its inception in 1997. This year the race plans to donate $17,000 to several charities. Donations are earmarked for The Eleventh Hour Rescue, the Home for Good Dog Rescue, the Jersey Animal Coalition, and the Canine Cancer Research Foundation.

Thirteen individuals or families donated between $100 and $500 each in memory of past pet. They include: Robin Dawson, Greg Mandak, Barb and John Rushman, Peter Hyland, Karen Fox, Michelle Kaweak, Tim Hunt, Bonnie Ashe,Tracey and Ron Brown, Susan Duncan, Chris and Debbie Kelly, Darlene Ract, and Debra Roseman. They received gift bags.

The grand prize was a gift basket of Life is Good merchandise, in addition to the placement prizes the other winners received: a custom-designed show ribbon donated by Morris Animal Inn, and a custom calendar with photos of the Hounds and Harriers Run. In addition to 10 placement awards, awards were also given to first shelter adoptee or rescued dog, first veteran dog (age 10 or over), first small, and first large dog. Parallel awards were given for men and women.

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 goody bag provided by Animal Crackers, and a bag of Milk Bone trail mix.

 

ROBIN DAWSON AND DAISY LEAD CHRISTINE FLEMING (35) &
ANNIE AND TONNY HUISACAYNA AND SMOKEY (HIDDEN HOLLY
MCDONALD & ADDIE.
LARRY GINDOFF PHOTO
The race received funding from large national sponsors: Milk Bone, bioSpot Purina, Merck Animal Health, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, PetValu, and Zoetis(Novartis). Local sponsors providing funding include Murray Hill Veterinary Associates, Total Health and Fitness, Morris Animal Inn, Morris K9 Campus, MARDOG, Bark Avenue Mobile Pet Spa, Nielsen Chrysler/Dodge, Sneaker Factory, Barkingham Palace, Factius Financial Strategies, Commonwealth Financial Network, Bob Baerenbach Mortgage Team, Well Groomed, LLC, Animal Crackers, Arte Estilo, Sneaker Factory, Investors Bank, and the Perambulating Pet Sitter. Camp Gone to the Dogs, a Vermont based camp for dogs and owners also contributed. Others donating goods include the Bagel Chateau (Westfield), Westfield Veterinary Group, Cardio Canine Hands Free Dog Leash, ATT, the Inn at the Ridge, Westfield Animal Hospital, Ruffwear, RoadID, and Brooks.

Paws from the Past Participants:

Grace Cabanillas with Poppy (10) and Rex (10), Michael Burke and Gunnar (12), Shant Harootunian and Oreo (12), Elizabeth McCoy and Hallie (13), Julie Burke and Honey Bear (14), Diane Redling and Skippy (14).

 

Men:
1. Eric Morse/Murdock (westie) Berlin 16:46 1st overall
2. Scott Moran/Eli (mix) 17:44 1st shelter
12. Mark DePiano/Dillon (border collie) .20:32 1st veteran
10. Alan Verdun/Crosby (golden doodle) 20:26 1st large
18. Tonny Huisacayna/Smokey (Jack russell) 21:50 1st small

 

2013 WOMAN'S WINNER TARA GANGI AND
JESSE (19:29)
LARRY GINDOFF PHOTO
Women:
7. Tara Gangi/Jesse (rat terrier) 19:29 1st overall
13. Holly McDonald/Addie (lab/dane mix) 20:50 1st shelter
82. Patricia Koziol/Skye High (border collie) 33:13 1st veteran
36. Susan DeRoberts/Houston (Alaskan husky) 24:36 1st large
16. Wendy Kerr/Cooper (Jack russell) 21:30 1st small

Overall:
1. Eric Morse/Murdock (westie) 16:46
2. Scott Moran/Eli (mix) 17:44
3. Brendan Browne/Ollie (labradoodle) 17:52
4. Randall Ehrlich/Gus (lab) 19:03
5. Bill Winterbottom/Miles (lab beagle) 19:14
6. Glenn Hartrick/Jersey (lab) 19:22
7. Tara Gangi/Jesse (rat terrier) 19:29
8. Michael Talbot/Dixie (mix-sheltie)1 19:59
9. Thomas McCaffrey/Callie (springer spaniel) 20:18
10. Alan Verdun/Crosby (golden doodle) 20:26
11. Nick DePiano/Dakota (border collie) 20:31
12. Mark DePiano/Dillon (border collie 20:32
13. Holly McDonald/Addie (lab/Dane mix) 20:55
14.Christine Fleming/Annie (German sheperd 20:55
15. Joseph McVeigh/Ryan (Brittany) 21:07

 

WENDY KERR AND COOPER (WINNERS OF SMALL DOG
AWARD)
TRICE GUELLA PHOTO