PAWS CAUSE 1999 Road Race raises $4000 for the Animals!
The PAWS CAUSE 1999 Road Race raised $1500 more this year thanks largely to our new sponsor Cabletron Systems. Forty Cabletron employees participated in the race and walk, while still others helped Cabletron Race Coordinator Roxanne Drapeau-Bieniek get the word out around the region. Our gratitude also goes out to The Arrow 102.1 <-> 105.3, who aired advertisements leading up to race day and made a special on-air announcement starring a few frisky kittens chaparoned by CVHS Executive Director, Elizabeth Fourar-Laidi.
The Strafford County Courthouse
extended a warm welcome to racers and fans again this year as they hosted
the barbeque and race related activites. With the help of the Strafford
County Department of Corrections, Jim Guanya from the courthouse, Herm
Stolzenburg and Malone Steele from the shelter put up the tents in no time
JBM Personal Trainers and Planet Fitness conducted a gentle warm-up while 65 additional runners registered and changed into official race t-shirts just prior to the start. Licensed Massage Therapists, Jon Hendrick and Tonja Little donated massage for runners and walkers before and after the race. Karen Wenmark pulled into the courthouse parking lot with the infamous Jump ‘N Tumble Bus to entertain the littlest walkers and runners.
The Dover Police and Dover Explorers
presence were appreciated by all as they directed traffic along the course
and at the finish. The Dover EMTs brought the ambulance, although everyone
finished without incident.
Andy Schachat, WTSN Sportscaster, shared his emcee talents as well as his knowledge of local runners, which kept the fans on their toes to see who would cross the finish line for animals first.
The runners, including Honorary Race Director, Cathy O’Brien, started off at 6:30. One milers strolled along behind the Arrow pace car at 6:40. Racers were happy to re-hydrate at two water stations served by young volunteers inbetween mile markers one and three.
During the anticipation, Andy broadcasted frequent updates, which came in from the Dover Radio Club volunteers positioned at each mile marker. The barbeque opened up for business and we began to sample yummy grilled chicken, hotdogs, and burgers. Bob Dearborn and his Bluegrass Band, "Friends", strummed along some awesome tunes from under Waste Management’s tent.
Just as we were watching the little runners at the Kid’s Fun Run, First Place 4-mile winner, Derek Fenton came into view and finished with a fantastic time of 20:42, a pace just over 5 minutes per mile! We sent the top finisher away with a weekend getaway for two to the Schooner House Inn & Barn Tavern.
Family and friends cheered her on as Cathy O’Brien, placed first for the women’s division captured the coveted one-night’s stay at Enchanted Nights Bed & Breakfast.
People from ages 6 to 81 took to the streets for the animals and finished in style well in time to celebrate. Here are the top finishers in each age category who received plaques provided by Cabletron Systems at the ceremony as well as prizes donated from generous local businesses:
Name Time Age Group
Nicole Slane 28:04 14 and under
Ryan Yacobucci 26:56 14 and under
Kimberly Spence 28:49 15 to 19
Nathan Huppe 22:25 15 to 19
Randy Wilbur 26:30 20 to 24
Sarah Morrill 27:18 25 to 29
Chris Patton 25:50 25 to 29
Diane Bednarek 27:59 30 to 34
Brett Gaby 25:27 30 to 34
Judy Copley 25:40 35 to 39
Mark Dudley 22:04 35 to 39
Jean Schwab 31:33 40 to 44
Jamie Boese 22:58 40 to 44
Diane Levesque 30:51 45 to 49
Jim Morisseau 22:46 45 to 49
Nadia Cordozo 31:43 50 to 54
Ken Houle 24:19 50 to 54
Faye Lowrey 31:14 55 to 59
Ted Fulton 28:01 55 to 59
Tom Chase 30:33 60 to 64
Beverly Ross 50:40 65 to 69
Kenneth Folsom 33:13 70 to 74
Louise Rosetti 42:32 75 to 79
Carlton Mendal 37:31 75 to 79
Phil Campbell 41:54 80+
Thanks to over 60 dedicated volunteers!
Special Thanks to shelter friends and staff for volunteering their time, coolers, trucks, and kitchen tools:
Beverly, Carey, Claire, Colleen,
Deb, Diane, DiAnn, Gayle, Kat, Krystle, LuAnn, Malone, Maureen, Melanie,
Monica, Sandy, Sue, Ted, Valerie, Lori, Herm, Grant and Sandy, Elaine,
Vickie Strout, Tom Walker, and Golda Zarrow.
Thanks to all of the businesses that contributed to the success of the event!
BJ’s Wholesale Club
Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Seacoast
Foster’s Daily Democrat
John J. Nissen Baking Company
Marcotte Trophies and Awards
Shop ‘N Save
Riverside Nursing Home
Strafford County Department of Corrections
The Dover-Rochester Times
Prize donations made by:
Big Dog Sportswear
Dover Natural Foods
Durham Foreign Motors
Enchanted Nights Bed & Breakfast
Hilton’s Fishing Dock
Isles of Shoals Steamship Company
Newick’s Seafood Restaurant
Magarita’s Mexican Restaurant & Watering Hole
New England Runner
Philbrick’s Sports Center
Red’s Shoe Barn
Schooner House Inn & Barn Tavern
Southside Car Wash
Strawberries Music and Video
The Herbal Path
University of New Hampshire
Please join us again next year
on Friday, August 25th. It’s not too soon to start thinking
about the first PAWS CAUSE of the new millineum, so if you are interested
in working prior to or on race day, or have special skills in building
teams for it, we want to talk to you. Please contact Mary Lou Hendrick
or Malone Steele at 749-5322.