Hogarty Wins Dog Day Race, Does Something Not Done in 19 Years

By DAVID BIGGY | Aug 21, 2019
Photo by: David Biggy Tom Hogarty closes in on the finish line as Jake Shoemaker turns the corner behind him during the 41st Dog Day Road Race on Aug. 18.

Harvey Cedars — It’s been 19 years since Jarrod Shoemaker last competed in the Dog Day Road Race and didn’t win. In 2000, at 18 years old, the Harvey Cedars summer resident placed third. And while he’s not been in every Dog Day Race since, nobody’s been able to best him when he has been in it.

Until Aug. 18, when 24-year-old Tom Hogarty, a Surf City summer resident who recently completed graduate school and a running career at Florida State University, not only managed to beat the oldest Shoemaker sibling and former Olympian but also knocked off his younger brother, Jake, last year’s winner.

“This is my first time in the race, so I had no idea who was here,” said Hogarty, who three months ago received a master’s degree in exercise physiology. “I’ve always been back at school when it was time for this race, but I was able to compete this year. I just wanted to run, win the race, and have some beers afterward.”

With the weather perfectly coinciding with the race’s namesake – 81 degrees and 95 percent humidity along with a very light southerly breeze at the moment the horn of the High Point Volunteer Fire Co. signaled the start of the race – Hogarty wasn’t fazed. Instead, he quickly worked to the front of the field and stayed there for the entire race.

“Even with the humidity, I was laughing about it during my warmup,” said Hogarty, representing Runner’s High. “This feels like Tallahassee weather to me, and I’ve been running in it for a while now. And last week, I went over to Southern Regional High School and did a 3-mile time trial in 14:30, so I knew I was ready and it would be hard for anybody to keep that pace.”

The Shoemakers did for most of the race, leading through the first 4 miles, before Hogarty made his move.

“With about 1,200 meters left, I went out in front and broke the guy in the green shirt (Jarrod), so he fell off and it was just me and the guy in the white shirt (Jake),” said Hogarty, who’s next big race on the agenda is the Long Beach Island 18 Mile Run in October. “Then, with about 600 to go, I dropped the hammer again and he tried to stay with me, but he eventually fell back and I was good.”

Hogarty crossed the finish line in 25 minutes, 57.59 seconds – well off of Jarrod Shoemaker’s course record of 24:36.47, set in 2012, the last time he was in the race – while Jake Shoemaker ran through the finishers’ chute at 26:03.20, followed by Jarrod Shoemaker in 26:38.28.

“I tried to go with him with about 500 meters left and couldn’t stay with him,” Jake said of Hogarty. “In perfect conditions, Jarrod and I may have been able to keep with him, but not today with this heat. He did a great job. He worked hard for the win today and he was better. He ran really well.”

Perhaps a cool consolation prize for Jake was that he finally topped his brother in any race, not just the Dog Day Race.

“Yeah, I beat Jarrod, but he’s old now,” said the 29-year-old of the 37-year-old Jarrod. “I’ve never beaten him before, so that’s good. But you never like to lose. Still, we had a lot of fun, out here running with the whole family and raising money for the firehouse, and that’s what it’s really about.”

Jarrod took the third-place finish with a smile.

“I’ve been focusing a lot on my swimming this summer, so I just wanted to go hard, push myself and see how far I could go,” he said. “At some point, Jake was going to get me. He’s been running a lot more and he’s in great shape. I’m pushing the high end of the age range now, so I tried to stay them and I just didn’t have anything left to do it. It was just fun to run in this race again.”

Also smiling at the end of the 5-mile trek through Harvey Cedars was Alicia Kaye – aka Jarrod Shoemaker’s wife and professional triathlete. In her first time competing in the race, she placed 10th overall and was the first female across the finish line with a time of 30:53.69.

“I’ve been married to Jarrod for almost 13 years, but I’ve never done this race,” she said. “For one reason or another, I haven’t been able to be here for it until today, so it’s really cool to finally experience it. Harvey Cedars is a special community, and seeing all the people out in front of their houses with hoses and extra water was fantastic.”

Kaye said she was just getting used to the training grind again, about a month since the passing of her mother, Kathleen, following a year-long battle with cancer.

“Exercise, even though triathlon is my living, has been touch-and-go for the past month,” she said. “I’ve been trying to find my purpose in it again, and it’s been a little tough. But today, I went into the race thinking that whatever happens I’m just going to do it, not over-think it. I want to go out with a 6-minute mile and I ended up going out in 5:25, so I went out way too hard. I fell apart with about 2 miles left, and my pace slowed dramatically at that point. But I wanted to break 32 minutes and I did that by more than a minute, so I’ll take it.”

Behind Hogarty and the Shoemaker brothers, Nutley’s John Gaffney placed fourth overall in 27:59.76, followed by Waretown resident and former Southern runner Nate Skodi in fifth with a time of 29:04.16, Hoboken’s Tim Burns in sixth at 29:11.50, Englewood’s Elias Shaia in seventh at 29:30.08, Jason Kauppila of New York City in eighth at 29:32.51, and Hopewell’s Gavin Fowler in ninth at 30:21.43.

Following Kaye in the women’s division was North Brunswick’s Jennifer Salvatore in 14th overall with a time of 31:27.56, followed by Cedars’ Jenna Parker – Jarrod and Jake Shoemaker’s sister and Harvey Cedars Beach Patrol lifeguard – in 17th at 31:48.61, Red Bank’s Caitlin Dorgan in 21st at 33:13.07, and Harvey Cedars’ Rachael Klehm in 25th at 33:39.36.

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