News From the Hill – Fall 2017

Running the Dog – President Schneider’s 26th Dog River Run.

In August, President Richard Schneider (center) ran his 26th Dog River Run. At his left are Norwich senior vice president for student affairs, Frank Vanecek, and the new commandant of cadets, Retired Army Lieutenant Colonel Michael S. Titus, who also participated.


It is early Sunday morning on the final day of Rook Week. The rooks drop and crawl through the worm pits—ditches filled with murky water—then enter the Dog River, where they do pushups. Each rook picks up a rock and begins the “run” down the river. It’s less run and more slog, but they try. As the culminating event of Rook Week, the Dog River Run marks a rite of passage.

Running the Dog at the end of Rook Week is a fairly recent incarnation, at least when compared with the age of the university. We’re still not quite sure when it officially started. Now, faculty and staff run the Dog after the rooks, and each June during residency conference, the new class of the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies takes up the tradition. President Richard Schneider has run the Dog every year since the beginning of his presidency. Exuberant, he said, “It was my 26th and I loved every minute of it. A beautiful day for a run.”

Did you participate in the first Dog River Run? Do you still have your rock? Email





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