Marshfield dog, owner place third in Doggy Duathlon

Sydney Schwartz

It took 45 minutes and 39 seconds for Boo to race 10-kilometers through Central Park’s hills on Sunday. His reward was an ice-cold shower at the Hilton hotel and a plate of filet mignon, followed by a pig’s ear.

Boo, a 5-year-old black Labrador retriever, and his owner, Stephen Meneely of Main Street, came in third in the first Iams Doggy Duathlon World Championships, part of the New York City Triathlon.

In the process, the pair raised more than $2,500 for the Marshfield Food Pantry and raised awareness about hunger on the South Shore.

An anonymous Marshfield donor has promised to match the first $20,000 donated. Donations will be accepted through the end of the month.

“It was phenomenal,” Meneely said. “It was phenomenal to compete with my dog. It was great that we raised money for the food pantry.”

Meneely, a software writer who has competed in about 100 triathlons, trained with Boo in Duxbury Bay with other South Shore triathletes. They also walked several miles a day and ran at Marshfield High School.

Meneely said race day was extremely hot and humid, but every water stop had treats for the dogs.

About halfway through there was a stop where the dog’s temperature and heart rate were taken, he said. There was also a pool filled with ice where Boo and other dogs lay for a mandatory five-minute cool-down.

The winner was Riley, a year-old golden retriever from New Jersey. Maalei, a 6-year-old cocker spaniel from Texas, finished second.

Meneely said he donated the third prize to Deuce, a 2-year-old chocolate lab who assists service members recovering from injuries at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

Jane Griffin, treasurer of Marshfield Food Pantry, said the organization had collected more than $2,500 as of Friday through Meneely and Boo.

Marti Morrison, a member of the Marshfield Food Pantry board of directors, said, “The summertime is an especially great time for this kind of an event. People are busy. This is the time of year that our inventory gets pretty low, but the family numbers are still increasing.”

Next spring, Meneely said, he’ll see if Boo’s up for another season of training. He said he might compete in the Nautica New York City Triathlon and let his wife, Erika, do the Doggy Duathlon with Boo.

“It’s very stressful for a country dog in the big city. All it is is horns beeping and sirens going,” he said. “He didn’t do well, except the filet mignon; he loved that. Filet mignon – and a pigs ear for dessert.”

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