As ridiculous and improbable as it sounds, a lovable pooch known as Ludivine from Alabama was the dark horse in a recent local marathon.
When this 2-and-half-year-old bloodhound was let outside by her owner April Hamlin, she snuck out the backyard and somehow found her way to the starting line of the inaugural Trackless Train Trek Half Marathon.
The route was located about a quarter mile away from her backyard in Elkmont. According to Runner's World, once there, Ludivine mingled with the human runners and decided to join in on the festivities.
While she stopped to explore a few off-route trails for a couple bathroom breaks, the bloodhound still managed to finish in a very respectable seventh place with a time of 1:32.56.
165 people finished the race, as per Running Magazine.
"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," fourth place finisher Jim Clemens said.
Not to brag and boast too much, but she looks quite spectacular (and proud!) with her new medal.
"They wanted to try and fundraise because our school system doesn't have a ton of money for cross country. Because of this dog, they are getting so much publicity, and I think that's the best part," her owner told Runner's World.
We couldn't agree more.