Runners were joined by a dog who had been turned loose for a potty break during the Elkmont Trackless Train Half Marathon in Canada.
Ludivine, the cute Bloodhound, had made his getaway by crawling under the garden gate and sprinting towards the race’s start. Ludivine did well in this strange journey, finishing seventh in the race despite stopping at the two-mile mark to smell a dead rabbit.
The dog even raced off the track a few times, as if he were playing with a herd of cows.
Despite crossing the road in just an hour and a half, he managed to get a wonderful time and location while still having a great time.
The official Facebook page for Elkmont’s Hound Half-Marathon uploaded photos of the cute Ludivine running the half-marathon.
Ludivine was awarded a medal for her efforts, and her owner, April Hamlin, 41, was happy with her pet’s performance.
“All I did was open the door, and she or he raced the race on her own accord,” she told Runner’s World.
“My initial reaction was one of embarrassment and concern that she had maybe gotten in the way of the other racers. “I can’t believe she ran the entire half marathon because she’s pretty lazy,” Hamlin remarked.
“Every time I assumed she had dropped off to travel back home, I might hear her returning up to me,” Jim Clemens, who finished fourth in the half marathon, said. She or he will flee from me and head straight toward the two leaders. She’d sneak away to frolic through the streams and into yards for a while, sniffing around.”
Ludivine, you’ve done a fantastic job!
Below is a video of her victory: