The Hounds and Harriers Run Raises Funds for Charities


SOUTH ORANGE, NJ--The 18th annual Hounds and Harriers Run was held in South Mountain Reservation on October 11. The showers throughout the morning didn’t 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 woman’s 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 didn’t 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.


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: Olivia Tandon: “What a day! We just wanted to drop a note and say thank you for a great event—despite being wet and forgetting our change of clothes, so having to drive back to Brooklyn soaking—We had great fun, as did Archie once we got away from all the "shouting" dogs at the start line. A hilarious scene!”

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!


The race has raised over $160,000 for animal related charities since its inception in 1997. This year the race plans to donate $16,000. The race is matching 2013 donations of $5000 to The Eleventh Hour Rescue and the Home for Good Dog Rescue and $1000 to the Canine Cancer Research Foundation. A new cause has come to light this year that the race wishes to support. That is for race participant and committee member Glenn Hartrick. Glenn, a two-time winner of Hounds and Harriers, and top NJ athlete, was severely injured when hit by a car in June. He had multiple broken bones, damage to his lungs, and, worst of all, spinal cord damage leaving him unable to use his legs. His spirit is unbelievable and inspiring. The race plans to donate $5,000 toward hand controls which will be required for Glenn to drive.

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), Merlick’s 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.


Paws from the Past Participants: Tony Cullen & Finny (9), Scott Johnson & Sheba (9), Grace Cabanillas & Poppy (11), Julie Burke & Honey Bear (15), Chuck Paul & Lady (15).


1. Morse, Eric/Murdock (westie) 16:49
2. Moran, Scott/Eli (mix) 17:19
3. Browne, Brendan/Ollie (labradoodle) 18:19
4. Ehrlich, Randall/Gus (lab) 19:25
5. Maldonado, Mark/Molly (lab mix) 19:58
6. Santonastaso, Lauren/Macy (beagle/Jack Russell) 20:20
7. Talbot, Michael/Dixie (mix-sheltie) 20:41
8. Prebenda, Reid/Gracie (lab/Chesepeake Bay Ret) 20:51
9. Gialanella, Robin/Barkley (pit/boxer mix) 21:32
10. Fleming, Christine/Annie (German shepherd) 21:37
11. McCarthy, Anne/Miley (border collie) 21:56
12. Huisacayna, Tonny/Smokey (Jack Russell) 22:00
13. Reed, Wendy/Bernadette (hound/beagle mix) 22:11
14. Thompson, Terry/Pepper (German shepherd) 22:56
15. Hunt, Tim/Harry (border collie) 22:59

Award Winners


Place Time Award

1. 16:49 Morse, Eric/Murdock (West Highland Terrier) 1st overall
2. 17:19 Moran, Scott/Eli (mix) Livingston 1st shelter
23. 23:55 Burke, Michael/Murphy (terrier mix) 1st veteran
14. 22:56 Thompson, Terry/Pepper (German shepherd) 1st large
18. 21:50 Huisacayna, Tonny/Smokey (Jack Russell) 1st small
3. 18:19 Browne, Brendan/Ollie (labradoodle) 2nd overall
4. 19:25 Ehrlich, Randall/Gus (lab) 3rd overall
5. 19:58 Maldonado, Mark/Molly (lab mix) 4th overall
7. 20:41 Talbot, Michael/Dixie (mix-sheltie) 5th overall
8. 20:51 Prebenda, Reid/Gracie (lab/Chesepeake Bay Ret) 6th overall
15. 22:59 Hunt, Tim/Harry (border collie) 7th overall
16. 23:07 McDermott, Keith/Rusty (lab mix) 8th overall
17. 23:13 Prebenda, Troy/Haley (lab shepherd mix) 9th overall
18. 23:27 Shebey, Peter/Harry (chihuahua) 10th overall


Place Time Award

6. 20:20 Santonastaso, Lauren/Macy (beagle/Jack Russell) 1st overall
9. 21:32 Gialanella, Robin/Barkley (pit/boxer mix) 1st shelter
32. 25:26 Cosenza, Devon/Fenway (sheltie) 1st veteran
22. 23:48 Sunda, Lisabeth/Brady (German shepherd) 1st large
31. 25:01 Choi, Jacqueline/Yossarian (mini golden doodle) 1st small
10. 21:37 Fleming, Christine/Annie (German shepherd) 2nd overall
11. 21:56 McCarthy, Anne/Miley (border collie) 3rd overall
13. 22:11 Reed, Wendy/Bernadette (hound/beagle mix) 4th overall
20. 23:34 Bowen, Corinne/J.B. (Portuguese Water Dog) 5th overall
21. 23:41 Cooper, Stephanie/Nike (pit) 6th overall
26. 24:21 Curry, Ava/Slider (hound) 7th overall
27. 24:28 Duncan, Susan/Flipflop (Ridgeback mix) 8th overall
32. 25:41 Prebenda, Shelly/Tizzy (lab mix) 9th overall
36. 26:58 McDonough, Caitlin/Harley (German shepherd mix) 10th overall