Can you imagine training for months and months for an exhausting, 13.5 mile marathon and get beaten by Ludivine, the two-and-a-half year old Bloodhound?
Well, that is what exactly happened in the Elkmont Trackless Train Half Marathon in Canada, when this dog decided to join everyone instead of going out for a wee-wee.
On Sunday Ludivine got let out to use the bathroom, but apparently he was determined to do something more fun. He crawled under the garden fence and ran towards the start-line. He even stopped at the two-mile point to sniff a dead rabbit. However, this wasn’t the first time the dog went off track – including the moment he played with herd of cows.
Despite his stops, Ludivine was able to finish the half marathon at the seventh place in 1 hour, 32 minutes and 56 seconds. The organizers were so impressed by the love people showed for Ludivine, that they decided to rename the event as “The Hound Dog Half” in his honor.
Elkmont’s Hound Dog Half‘s official Facebook page posted some photos of Ludivine participating in the half-marathon and it turned out the greatest album of all time.
The dog won a medal for his efforts, as owner April Hamlin described the moment following his impressive finish:
“All I did was open the door, and he ran the race on his own accord. My first reaction was that I was embarrassed and worried that he had possibly gotten in the way of the other runners. She’s laid back and friendly, so I can’t believe he ran the whole half marathon because he’s actually really lazy.”
Jim Clemens, who finished fourth in the half marathon, also tweeted about how the dog would race past him:
“Every time I thought he 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.”
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