Humans Run With Four-Legged Friends
BY BARBARA RUSHMAN
ESSEX COUNTY, NJ--The Annual Hounds and Harriers Run in South Mountain Reservation was held for the 19th year on Saturday October 10. The day was ideal for running with sunshine and temperatures in the 50s.
First timer Bill Washer (Oak Ridge, NJ) and his Labradoodle Macy, new to the race, crossed the line first in 17:14. Second to finish was Brendon Brown (South Orange, NJ) and Ollie, also a Labradoodle, in 17:47. The womans division was won by 2013 winners, Tara Gangi, (Manalapan, NJ) and Jesse (rat terrier), in 19:09. Runner-up was 2014 winner Lauren Santonastaso (Springfield, NJ) and her beagle/Jack Russell mix Macy in 19:57. Two-time winner Glenn Hartirck, who sustained a spinal cord injury in June 2014 participated with his Chihuahua Piper using his wheel chair.
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. Participants in the Paws event included Bingo Cuchiaro, Oreo Harootunian (Madison), Slider Curry, and Poppy Cabanillas. All received a ribbon and a toy.
This race is a favorite of all who come because there are few opportunities to run a race with your dog. First timer and overall winner Bill Washer said: Hounds and Harriers really is a first class event from start to finish. My wife and I were blown away at how nice all the volunteers were, how organized the race was, and how it really was all about the dogs which was the most important. My wife found the race online and convinced me to run even though I was racing a half-marathon the next day and I am really glad she did. Your group seems like a very great organization to be a part of. Long time race participant Mark Depiano: The only bad thing is we have to wait a year to do it again. Karen Fox: It was a most awesome day. We just love Hounds & Harriers and all the fun it brings. Thank you, and thank you to all the volunteers, sponsors, and participants for making this event so special. It's gotta be hands down the best day of the year!
Since the races inception in 1997, the race has raised over $175,000 primarily to dog related charities. Those receiving funds from the race are Home for Good Dog Rescue, the Eleventh Hour Rescue, the National Canine Cancer Foundation, and the local chapter of The Challenged Athletes' Foundation. We are considering an additional rescue group to be named.
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 and first large dog. Parallel awards were given for men and women.
The race is supported by large national sponsors: Morgan Stanley, Zoetis, the animal health division of Novartis, PetValu, Greenies (Mars), Lakeland Bank, and Investors Bank. Local sponsors include Murray Hill Veterinary Associates, Morris Animal Inn, Atlantic Rehabilitation, Madison Animal Hospital, Bark Avenue Mobile Pet Spa, Nielsen Chrysler/Dodge, Skyline Agility Club, SCOR Agility, Davies Insurance Management, The Decorating Store, Dental Associates of Basking Ridge, Best Friends Fitness, and the Perambulating Pet Sitter. Camp Gone to the Dogs, a Vermont based camp for dogs and owners also contributed.
Other sponsors donating in-kind goods and services: Milk Bone, Purina, Merlicks Town Farm, Express Printing Services, Wyndham Hamilton Park Hotel, the Morristown Running Company, Dog Cakes for Dogs, BarkBox, Lupine Pet, Lifetime Fitness, Animal Crackers, ATT, Iron Doggie, Ruffwear, the Morristown Running Company, Westfield Veterinary Group, and Westfield Animal Hospital. The Inn at the Ridge is donating a weekend at a dog friendly B&B. This year the event is associated with Superhero Events and supported by the Rose City Runners Club.
Plans will begin soon for the 2016 event that tentatively is set for October 8. You can learn more about the event by visiting http://www.HoundAndHarriers.com.
Place Time Award
Place Time Award