Dog Steps Out To Pee, Ends Up Running A Half Marathon
For many runners, it takes months of rigorous training to prepare for a race. But for one particularly frisky young hound dog, named Ludivine, it was something she chose to do on whim.
After being let out to pee by her owner April Hamlin earlier this month, Ludivine wound up wandering to the starting line of the Trackless Train Trek Half Marathon, about a quarter mile from her home in Elkmont, Alabama.
Amazingly, as the runners lined up and the race began, Ludivine decided to join in - running the 13.1 mile course, and in an impressive time, to boot.
The speedy dog completed the half marathon in 1:32:56, putting her in seventh place overall. All the more remarkable, she might have actually won the race had her curiosity not slowed her down.
"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," one fellow racer, a human, told Runner's World. "She would run off to romp through streams and into yards to sniff around for a while."
Upon crossing the finish line while the crowd watched on in delight, Ludivine was even given a medal for her spontaneous participation.
Perhaps most impressed by the pup's show of athletic prowess was Hamlin, her owner.
"She's laid back and friendly, so I can't believe she ran the whole half marathon because she's actually really lazy," she told Runner's World.
Well done, Ludivine!