Participants of a half marathon in Alabama were given a run for their money by a dog last week. Just before the Trackless Train Trek Half Marathon began in Elkmont, April Hamlin let her Bloodhound, Ludivine, outside to go to the bathroom, Runners World reported.
Ludivine wandered off the property and joined the runners lined up at the starting point of the race. In spite of some distractions (a dead rabbit, a dog in the cheering area along the course, a field of livestock) along the way, she managed to run the entire 13.1 miles and finished seventh with a time of 1:32:56. She was awarded with a finisher’s medal.
“She’s laid back and friendly, so I can’t believe she ran the whole half marathon because she’s actually really lazy,” Hamlin told Runner’s World, adding that this race is the first in the town and was started by parents whose kids run cross country at the nearby high school to raise funds for the program.
“Because of this dog, they are getting so much publicity, and I think that’s the best part,” she said.