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 flat!
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

Castle Springs

Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Seacoast

Dorr’s Printing

Foster’s Daily Democrat

John J. Nissen Baking Company

JSR Merchandising

Marcotte Trophies and Awards

Sharpeworks Design


Shop ‘N Save

Osco Drug

Party Center

Poland Springs

Riverside Nursing Home

Strafford County Department of Corrections

The Dover-Rochester Times

Taylor Rental

Waste Management

WOKQ 97.5

Prize donations made by:

Big Dog Sportswear

Bittersweet Kennel



Dover Natural Foods

Durham Foreign Motors

Enchanted Nights Bed & Breakfast

Hilton’s Fishing Dock

Hoyt’s Cinemas

Isles of Shoals Steamship Company

Newick’s Seafood Restaurant

Nicole’s Hallmark

Magarita’s Mexican Restaurant & Watering Hole

New England Runner

Philbrick’s Sports Center

Red’s Shoe Barn

Runner’s Alley

Schooner House Inn & Barn Tavern

Southside Car Wash

Spinelli Companies

Stillwater Kennels

Strawberries Music and Video

Stroudwater Books

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.