Light rain couldn’t dampen spirits at The Seeing Eye’s annual Doggy Dash on Sunday.
This year featured a 5K run for the first time, and participants came to Morristown’s Lidgerwood Park from as far away as Glen Ellyn, IL .
That distinction went to Pat Byrne, who raced in the 5K because his dog, Jenna, is a graduate of The Seeing Eye.
Slideshow photos by Jeff Sovelove:
2017 Doggy Dash (30) - Jay and Melissa Durnan from Edison and his dog Beck, a Seeing Eye graduate, at The Seeing Eye Doggy Dash, Oct. 8, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
He and Jenna have been together for 8 years.
“She likes 5Ks,” Byrne explained. “I think she likes them more than I do!” He said his daughter talked him into doing a 5K a couple of years ago and he does a couple a year. But this one was special because it’s run by The Seeing Eye.
Mayor Tim Dougherty welcomed everyone, and he was joined by Councilwoman Alison Deeb, his opponent in next month’s election. James Kutsch, CEO of The Seeing Eye in Morris Township, was there, too. Awards were handed out to winners in each age.
Other activities included face painting by Diane Spadola of Bella Faccia Face Painting; a dog pageant, and a dog walk for those not running in the 5K.
Virtually every breed of dog was represented, from lapdogs to Bernese Mountain Dogs, and they were dressed as everything from lions to cows, in a tantalizing tuneup for Halloween.