The Hounds and Harriers Run Raises Funds for Charities
BY BARBARA RUSHMAN
SOUTH ORANGE, NJ--The 18th annual Hounds and Harriers Run was held in South Mountain Reservation on October 11. The showers throughout the morning didnt dampen the spirits of the race participants or volunteers.
First across the line were repeat winner 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 (17:19). The womans division was won by Lauren Santonastaso (Springfield) and her beagle/Jack Russell mix Macy in 20:20. Runner-up was Robin Gialanella (Forked River) and pit/boxer mix Barkley whose time was 21:32. A 10 lb Chihuahua named Harry pulled his very fit owner Pete Shebey the whole run to an impressive finish taking the first small dog award (23:27). Turnout was down due to the rain, but most stayed for the awards and prize drawings. The race organizers provided 10 tents for cover.
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 six Paws sign-ups made it out on race day although mastiff Rosie didnt want to get out of the car. Participants in the Paws event included two-time three-mile winner Sheba Johnson. Also Lady Paul, the most senior dog in the Paws event (15 yrs 9 months) finished as high as second multiple times in the three-mile run.
Charlie Lewis: After 12+ years of doing the event I still come as enthused as if it was my first. Your passion to making the event the very best it can be--no matter what the challenge--has become a guiding beacon of what it takes to make a difference. So with that I stand at my desk and applaud you!
Scott Moran (2012 winner, 2013-14 2nd): I've said it before but I'll say it again, this is easily my favorite race of the year and that's due in large part to your efforts in putting it all together. It's always so much fun to get to race with my canine running partner and see what he's capable of doing when motivated by the other dogs. We'll definitely see you next year.
Jackie Choi: I was pretty much in heaven. Dogs + Running = Best Day!
Long-time race participants continue to be involved even after
they have moved away. The Prebenda family, formerly of Chatham,
entered five family members and drove down from Rhode Island
to participate. The Galbraith family of three did a virtual Hounds
and Harriers Run in Southlake TX after moving there from NJ.
Greg Mandak, who no longer has a dog, drives from Camp Hill,
PA just to volunteer!
Thirteen individuals or families donated between $100 and $500 each in memory of past pets. They include: Robin Dawson, Karen Fox, Greg Mandak, Barb & John Rushman, Peter Hyland, Michelle Kraweak, Tim Hunt, Bonnie Ashe, Tracey and Ron Brown, Susan Duncan, Chris and Debbie Kelly, Diane Redling, Pat Koziol, and Dorothy Hughes. They received gift bags.
The grand prize was a large rosette ribbon and a gift basket containing Hounds and Harriers merchandise and a gift certificate for a pair of Brooks running shoes. Placement prizes the other winners received included 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 given to first shelter adoptee or rescued dog, first veteran dog (age 10 or over), first small dog, 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. Each entrant also received a goody bag including merchandise from Murray Hill Vet Assoc. and Milk Bone trail mix.
The race received funding from large national sponsors: Milk Bone, Purina, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, PetValu, Investors Bank, Science Diet, and Zoetis (Novartis). Local sponsors providing funding include Murray Hill Veterinary Associates, Morris Animal Inn, Madison Animal Hospital, MARDOG, Bark Avenue Mobile Pet Spa, Nielsen Chrysler/Dodge, Factius Financial Strategies, Westfield Animal Hospital, Skyline Agility Club, SCOR Agility, Well Groomed, LLC, Arte Estilo, 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), Merlicks Town Farm, Express Printing Services, Animal Crackers, Iron Doggie Hands Free Dog Leash, ATT, the Inn at the Ridge (dog friendly B&B), Ruffwear, RoadID, and Westfield Veterinary Group.
1. 16:49 Morse, Eric/Murdock (West Highland Terrier) 1st overall
Place Time Award
6. 20:20 Santonastaso, Lauren/Macy (beagle/Jack Russell) 1st