Dog finishes 7th after accidentally joining half marathon ‘Picture’

Dog finishes 7th after accidentally joining half marathon - Picture

Dog accidently finishes half-marathon in 7th place after being let out to pee.

A half-marathon called the Trackless Train Trek, which runs along a disused railroad track between the rolling hills of Elkmont, Alabama, had an unscheduled competitor last week.

Wandering hound dog Ludivine saw the race starting, joined in and managed to finish seventh overall, with a time of 1:32:56. And that includes some time taken to investigate a dead rabbit just after the two-mile mark.

For reference, the winner was Keith Henry who completed the course in 1:19:10.

Competitor Tim Horvath told Canadian Runner: “I saw her for the first time in the parking lot before the race.

“She came bouncing up, and I petted 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.”

What was unusual was that Ludivine kept pace with the runners all around the 13-mile course.

“One time she went over and met another dog next to the course,” Tim added. “Later on, she went into a field with some mules and cows. Then she’d come back and run around our legs. I wondered if she was going to get tired or go back to wherever her home was.”

Runner Jim Clemens – who finished in an impressive fourth place himself – told Runner’s World that Ludivine was with the front runners for most of the race.

“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,” Jim said.

“She would run off to romp through streams and into yards to sniff around for a while.”

Ludivine eventually slowed to a gentle trot after crossing the finish line, and sat still long enough for a few photos, and to be presented with an honorary medal.

Ludivine’s owner, April Hamlin, expressed surprise when she found out where her dog had got to, because she’s normally quite a lazy creature.

“It’s the first half-marathon in Elkmont, and the people who started it are parents of the kids who run cross-country,” she added to Canadian Runner.

“They wanted to try and fundraise because our school system doesn’t have a ton of money for cross-country. Because of this dog, they are getting so much publicity, and I think that’s the best part.”

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