Runners who are interested in joining marathons spend many months preparing for such strenuous activity because it could injure them if they are not physically fit. However, one dog suddenly became a marathon without even knowing or practicing for it.
April Hamlin let her two and a half-year-old bloodhound, Ludivine, outside to pee. However, April did not know that Ludivine’s quick potty break would make her the headline of local news.
Ludivine’s curiosity led her to join a marathon that happened near her neighborhood in Elkmont, Alabama. She accidentally wandered into the track’s starting line just when the race was about to start.
Ludivine took it upon herself to join the Trackless Train Trek Half Marathon as she saw the runners lining up for the race. The curious pooch ended up running the entire 13.1-mile course together with the racers.
Ludivine’s inquisitiveness kicked in because she took quite a lot of breaks by roaming around the area, and taking her time smelling the dead rabbit she encountered along the way. Ludivine could have won first place if she did not take many detours off the course, but she ended up completing the race in just 1 hour, 32 minutes, 56 seconds.
Fourth placer Jim Clemens recalled that Ludivine was prone to distraction because the pup could not help but sniff around the area. Jim thought that the dog would not come back to finish the race because of the dog’s sheer curiosity towards everything she smells, but that was not the case at all.
Ludivine may not have the official race bib, but the coordinators still awarded the pup for finishing seventh place with a medal. April only found out about Ludivine’s remarkable achievement when some of her friends who were running the race suddenly began sending her photos of her pet trotting the place looking all proud because of the medal around her neck.
Source: Runners World