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PVM Dog Jog Draws Crowd of Canines

A record crowd showed-up for the 2013 Purdue Veterinary Medicine Dr. Skip Jackson Dog Jog Saturday, September 14, at the conclusion of the Fall Conference for Veterinarians and Veterinary Technicians. Nearly 150 joggers and 55 dogs were on hand for the 8:00 a.m. start outside Lynn Hall. The canines, their companions, and solo runners followed a 5K course through the Purdue University campus. PVM Dean Willie Reed was joined by West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis as they both welcomed participants at the start of the event. Mayor Dennis also participated as a runner, along with students, faculty, staff, alumni and members of the community.

One of the community members in the race was Siobhan Heiden, an accident victim who ran with the therapy dog that helped her recover while she was a patient at IU Health Arnett. The story of Heiden and the Labrador retriever named Blitzen, was reported in the September 12 issue of the Lafayette Journal and Courier.

Supported by “Gold Level Sponsor” Golden Paws Investments LLC , with additional sponsorship from McAfee Animal Hospital of Valparaiso, Ind., Wabash Valley Feed and Western Wear, and Tri-n-run of Lafayette, the event raises money for the PVM PetSafe program, which provides veterinary care and housing for animals owned by families in crisis. “Thanks to the tremendous turnout and the generosity of our sponsors, we are excited to be able to give PetSafe more than $2,000 in event proceeds,” said event coordinator Elise Trowel of the DVM Class of 2015.

Each participant who finished the race received a beautiful medal courtesy of Golden Paws Investments, LLC. The top finishers in each category are listed below, along with the winners of the special “Dog Awards.” The event is named in honor of Professor Emeritus of Veterinary Physiology and Biochemistry Horace "Skip" Jackson, who has participated in nearly every race since the original event was held in 1972. His grandson, Purdue Police Officer Allen Myles, was on hand for the event. Initially organized as a run for veterinarians participating in the conference, the Skip Jackson Road Race was combined last year with the College’s “Dog Jog” and opened to community residents.

To view photos taken by photographer Ed Lausch, click here and use the username “2013dogjog” and password “2013purduedvm”.


Dog Awards:

Smallest Dog - Tucker (Christina Korb, DVM Class of 2016)
Largest Dog - Gus (Amanda and Brian Schoolcroft)
Cutest Dog - Marmot (Kristyn Howe, DVM Class of 2016/Matt Hoffman)

Awards for Top Runners:

1st - Kevin Camp
2nd - James Dircksen
3rd - Daniel Bennett

1st - Janice O'Brien
2nd - Allison Wells
3rd - Heather Caddick

Master's Men - Timothy Lescun

Master's Women - Linda Klotz

Walking - Cindy Zollinger

Human Canine Pair - Daniel Traub and Kali

Dog Jog2013 Dog Jog

Cutest dogDr. Skip Jackson with Cutest Dog winner Marmot and owner Matt Hoffman with Kristyn Howe of the DVM Class of 2016

Dog JogTop Women’s category finisher Janice O’Brien of the DVM Class of 2016 and her dog Chrissy

Finish lineParticipant Siobhan Heiden crosses the finish line with Blitzen, the therapy dog that helped her recover from a coma after an accident.