Dog Accidentally Runs Half-Marathon, Finishes In Seventh Place

November 14, 2016 | 2 Comments » | Topics: Animals

Early Saturday morning, Ludivine, a two-and-a-half-year-old hound dog, was let out of the house in Elkmont, Alabama, to do her business. Prone to roaming around town at will, Ludivine snuck out of the backyard and made her way to the starting area of the inaugural Trackless Train Trek Half Marathon about a quarter mile away.

Ludivine proceeded to mingle with the runners, run the entire 13.1-mile course, cross the finish line in an unofficial 1:32:56, and have a medal draped over her floppy brown ears—all without her owner, April Hamlin, realizing she had wandered off in the first place. The incident was first reported in Canadian Running Magazine.

“All I did was open the door, and she ran the race on her own accord,” Hamlin, 43, told Runner’s World, saying she received texts with photos of Ludivine from friends who were volunteering at the finish. “My first reaction was that I was embarrassed and worried that she had possibly gotten in the way of the other runners.”

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  • Rick Linguroski

    This is the best!

  • Robert T. Ives

    When I was a fairly serious runner in the 80s a good running friend of mine had a golden retriever who would go on 8 mile runs with us. However, Willie would take numerous side trips (squirrels and such) and almost always had something in his mouth (doggy toy or stick), and yet would never seem to be tired.