This weekend, April Hamlin from Elkmont, Alabama let her dog Ludivine out of the house to take a slash, and the next thing she knew the two-year-old bloodhound had come seventh in the Trackless Train Terk Half Marathon.
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Ludivine snuck out of the back garden and ran up to the starting line of the race. She proceeded to run the entire 13.1 mile course and crossed the finish line in 7th place with an impressive time of 1:32:56.
April only found out what was going on when race volunteers started texting her pictures of her dog wearing a medal:
My first reaction was that I was embarrassed and worried that she had possibly gotten in the way of the other runners.
Another runner, Jim Clemens, says Ludivine got distracted several times during the race, which makes it even more impressive that she came in seventh place:
She would run off to romp through streams and into yards to sniff around for a while.
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.
Absolute classic dog behaviour — find yourself in the middle of a half-marathon and just go with the flow. No confusion, no questions asked, not a care in the world — just up for doing what everyone else is doing.
Question is how crap do the people who finished after Ludivine feel? They were probabably training for months for this marathon and in comes Ludivine at seventh place without even realising she was in a marathon in the first place. On second thoughts I guess no one would be upset they got beat by a dog. Everyone loves dogs.