This Dog Accidentally Ran A Half Marathon — And Won

Run Ludivine, run!

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.

Working on results...Wanted to share this photo of that was sent to me after the race. 󾌵This is Ludivane - she ran the entire half marathon and finished 7th overall with a time of 1:32.56

Posted by Elkmont Half Marathon - The Trackless Train Trek on Sunday, January 17, 2016

[Dog Runs Half Marathon ]Last Saturday, April Hamlin of Elkmont, Alabama, let her hound dog Ludivine out in the...

Posted by 「藝鳴」Fine Design of on Saturday, January 23, 2016

"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.


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