In 2016, Ludivine, an adorable bloodhound from Alabama, ran 13.1 miles (21 km) in Elkmont’s half marathon and finished 7th.
Here’s the story that caused quite an internet sensation.
The course was set to begin in downtown Elkmont, Alabama, near the area in which Ludivine lives. As they were passing near the starting line, April Hamlin, Ludivine’s owner, let her out to go and relieve herself in a public toilet. But when the shot was fired, Ludivine started running along the runners up until the finish line: (the article continues after the ad)
“Apparently she went to the race start and took off win the runners at the starting shot. She stayed with a few of the front runners, ran off to sniff some animal carcasses, romp in the water, and then back to the race. I understand she stayed on the course for 13.1 miles, finished seventh, and was the highest placed female,” Hamlin told a reporter from CNN.
It took Ludivine almost an hour and a half to complete the race and, although not counted as an official participant, she was given a well-earned medal.
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Photo: Leigh FutchSource: CNN
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