I’ve never trained for any type of marathon … me and running aren’t that close, but I can’t imagine training to run 13.1 miles only to have a dog beat me! Maybe I wouldn’t be too upset. How doggone cute is this pup??
Ludivine, the two-and-a-half-year-old Bloodhound got let out to use the bathroom on Sunday and found herself at the starting line of the Elkmont Trackless Train Half Marathon in Alabama.
What did she decide to do? Well, run it of course!
Ludivine, who finished seventh in the race, even stopped at the two-mile point to sniff a dead rabbit and some claim, a herd of cows!
She finished in just over an hour-and-a-half.
Her owner April Hamlin said,” All I did was open the door, and she ran the race on her own accord. My first reaction was that I was embarrassed and worried that she had possibly gotten in the way of the other runners. She’s laid back and friendly, so I can’t believe she ran the whole half marathon because she’s actually really lazy.”
Jim Clemens, who finished fourth in the half marathon said, “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. She would run off to romp through the streams and into yards to sniff around for a while.”
But yet she was in the running even though she was going and sniffing the grass and running through them streams she was moving right along. Goes to show you when a dog has determination it doesn’t quit till the end. And complete she did 7th place.
After the week I’ve had, I so needed this story!