Earlier this month in Elkmont, Alabama, a dog accidentally found herself in the middle of a half-marathon race. She decided to join the race and ultimately finished in seventh place.
The dog is named Ludivane, and is a two-year-old bloodhound. The town she lives in has only about 400 people, so it’s probably not alarming that her owner April Hamlin lets her out by itself.
The dog ended up finishing the the 13 mile course in just over an hour and 30 minutes.
Impress with her achievement, the Elkmont Half Marathon awarded the pup with a medal for her participation.
“This is Ludivane – she ran the entire half marathon and finished 7th overall with a time of 1.32.56,” the club wrote on Facebook.
Hamlin had no idea what her dog had done until her friends starting sending her photos of Ludivane at the finish line.
“Apparently she went to the race start and took off with 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 CNN.
“My first reaction was that I was embarrassed and worried that she had possibly gotten in the way of the other runners…“All I did was open the door, and she ran the race on her own accord”. Hamlin told Runner’s World.