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Hair of the Dog

May 14, 2010

By Brianne Harrison

Like many people, I like to multitask, and I love any opportunity to kill two birds with one stone. So, when I got it into my head a year ago to start running 5K’s, I was delighted to find the annual Hair of the Dog race, which would allow me to get a healthy dose of exercise and support animal charities—a cause near and dear to my heart. If you’re curious about NJ wineries, you can kill three birds—the race begins and ends at the Silver Decoy Winery in Robbinsville, and all runners get a free tasting.

Unlike many 5K events, this one doesn’t just begin and end with the race. There’s a whole pet expo that takes place at the winery, featuring local rescues, animal products, prizes and giveaways, food, and live music. Runners make out particularly well at this party—apart from the usual tee shirt, last year, we got an amazing swag bag filled with magazines, samples of premium pet food (which made my dogs very happy!), snacks, and beauty products. It’s a lot for just a $25 entry fee.

Hair of the Dog sets off Sunday, May 23 at 10 a.m. Canine athletes are welcome to run alongside their owners (only one dog per runner). Proceeds benefit the Tri-State Weimaraner Rescue and Res-Q-Pets Animal Rescue. For more info and to register, visit hairofthedog5k.com.

In other news…

Calling all single pet owners! Grab your pooch and head over to Parlay Studios in Jersey City for Liberty Humane Society’s Single, Mingle, and Bark—a networking event to benefit the animals at the shelter. The event will include a wine tasting, food, music, and a raffle. You don’t actually need to be single to attend—come out and make some new friends! To register, visit libertyhumane.org and go to the “donate” page. You can also register the day of the event.

Also on the calendar this weekend is ReRun’s two-day clinic with Steuart Pittman at the New Jersey Horse Park. On Saturday, Pittman will demonstrate the various stages of training with several former racehorses. A reception following the demonstration will feature jockeys and vets, who will discuss their experiences working on racetracks. Pittman will offer a riding clinic on Sunday—individual flat work and group jumping lessons will be offered at $65 and $80 a piece. Owners are encouraged to bring their Thoroughbreds of all training levels. Proceeds from the event benefit the horses at ReRun. For more info or to buy tickets, visit rerun.org.

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  1. expicaBoace permalink
    May 16, 2010 6:55 am

    Just want to say what a great blog you got here!
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    Thumbs up, and keep it going!

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    Christian, iwspo.net

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