Elkmont Half Marathon

This Dog Casually Ran A Half Marathon And Finished In Seventh Place


If marathons were just dogs running for long distances with no humans involved, I'd probably be more interested in marathons.

How do I know this? A dog randomly ran a half marathon in Elkmont, Alabama, and I've never been more fascinated by the sport. She is like the distance-running version of the dog from "Air Bud."

Over the weekend, April Hamlin apparently let her dog Ludivine out to pee, as dogs tend to do. While most pooches see this as a chance to empty out their bladders, Ludivine recognized the situation as an opportunity for greatness.

She bolted from the backyard during her bathroom break, hit the streets and immediately enrolled herself in the nearest marathon.

She then proceeded to smoke most of her competition, coming in seventh place at Elkmont's Trackless Train Trek Half Marathon.

Hamlin -- who found out her dog was racing after her friends started sending her text messages with Ludivine wearing a medal -- could not have been less supportive of Ludivine's DREAMS, by the way.

She told Runner's World,

She added,

Jeez, Hamlin! Ever hear of the word support?! What makes YOU so great?!

What is truly fascinating is Ludivine didn't even seem to be trying that hard. Jim Clemens, who finished the race in fourth place, recounted,

If it wasn't for her curiosity, Ludivine probably would have won.

Clemens said,

She's like the Ricky Williams of running. Imagine what heights she would reach if she just asserted herself more.

Citations: After her owner let her out to pee, this dog accidentally ran a half-marathon and came 7th (Metro), Hound Bandits Half Marathon in Alabama (Runner's World)