They say marathons are one of the most gruelling events a human can conquer. A true test of endurance which requires months and months of planning and careful dieting to ensure your body is in tip top condition ahead of the big race.
Now, imagine you’re 100 meters from the finish line, friends and family ready to cheer your accomplishment, when a dog bolts past you and everyone in a 5 kilometre radius stops to say what a good boy he is.
Well, one fit dog from Alabama absolutely washed away the competition by managing to finish 7th in a marathon after breaking out of its owners house to originally go for a piss.
Ludivine, a two-and-a-half year-old pet hound dog, joined runners at
the start of the Trackless Train Trek Half Marathon and apart from occasional breaks to sniff trees and run through streams was consistently leading the pack.
“I saw her for the first time in the parking lot before the race,” said one Alabama resident. “She came bouncing up and I patted her on the head. I saw her collar, so I just figured she was somebody’s dog. Elkmont is a small town where everyone knows everybody, so it didn’t strike me as unusual.”
“Every time I thought she had dropped off to go back home, I would hear her coming back up to me, and she would race past me up to the two leaders,” said another. “She would run off to romp through streams and into yards to sniff around for a while.”
The attention brought to the marathon by the dog has seen the school they were fundraising for receive a whole heap of media attention, so you better believe that good boy is getting a whole lot of treats for a job well done.
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