Chase Away 5K 2013 Recap

By Ashley Watson

Happy Dog
Race participants Nichole with her dog Kenzie

For the third year in a row, Vetri-Science® Laboratories has sponsored the Chase Away 5K event, started by the Chase Away K9 Cancer group founded by Cera Reusser in 2006. Reusser started this organization to help fund canine cancer studies, which was prompted by the death of her black lab, Chase. The Chase Away 5K is a local fun run that we support with funding and participating.

This year, a few of us registered to run the race, but due to my recent knee injury, our Graphic Designer, Sean Cater was the only one running; however, our Sean, Adrienne Bombard, and I were all there to get a first-hand taste of the energy of this event.

Debbie Saffran is the head of the Chase Away 5K Planning Committee here in Vermont. Here’s her letter and recap that she sent out to all the participants and sponsors:

This year’s Chase Away 5K has officially come and gone. And it was a great day – not just because the weather was picture-perfect (though of course that helped!).

We had 217 participants and raised about $6400 for Chase Away K9 Cancer. That’s about $1000 more than what we raised last year, if you’re keeping track! None of this would have been possible without your support. Thank you so much for your generous donations.”

If you weren’t able to enjoy the day with us – and even if you were – I’ll post some photos to our Facebook page in the next few days. In the meantime, please let me know if you have any questions, comments, or feedback on how we can make next year’s event even better.

Thank you again, from the bottom of our hearts!??-Debbie Safran and the Chase Away 5K Planning Committee

The Winners

Eric Morse and his dog Murdock
Eric Morse and his dog Murdock

Sean had a chance to meet Murdock, the winning dog and his Pet Dad, Eric Morse, who came in second in the human racers. Here’s what Sean had to say about his conversation with Morse.

Murdock the Westie was the first dog to cross the finish line at the Chase Away 5K. I was amazed to learn that Eric and Murdock run approximately seven miles a day. Murdock is a slightly larger than average Westie. Although he is larger than other Wesities, it is obvious that he is not out of shape. He seems to be built for running. After the race Murdock, seemed calm and relaxed; he was hardly out of breath as he sniffed the ground hunting for dropped Vetri-Science® samples in the grass. Eric says that Murdock has run and won several dog and owner races around New England and beyond. It was easy to see that Eric and Murdock make a perfect pair. 

Even though Murdock was the “winning” dog, everyone is a winner when people who love their pets come together to support such a worthy cause. It was a perfect fall day, and we were happy to be there to represent our company.

From all of us here at Vetri-Science®, we would like to send a warm thank you to Debbie and her crew. We could tell that they put a lot of work into this year’s event to make it run as smoothly as possible. But perhaps the best part was meeting all the dogs and their parents as they passed our booth. We can’t wait until next year!

Did you participate in this year’s event? If so, help The Chase Away 5K Planning Committee make next year’s event even better by answering a few quick questions. If they have emailed you a link to the survey, you may have already taken it. Please only fill it out once.

Like us on Facebook, and while you are there, like Chase Away 5K too! You can also see more pictures from the event on their wall.

Participants Waiting to Race
Participants Waiting to Race at the Chase Away 5K