Matos eventually got back on track, but that lifesaving delay is said to have cost him the victory. But Matos says he wouldn't have had it any other way.
"The dog was not very big, but in this life not everything of value is. Those who know me know I have great admiration for animals," he later told the race's organizers, adding that he has five dogs of his own. "If it happened again today, I would do the exact same thing."