Competitors in a half-marathon in Alabama may have bitten off more than they could chew in regards to competition earlier this month.
The Elkmont Half Marathon - The Trackless Train Trek gained a new competitor when Ludivine the bloodhound decided to take part.
Ludivine lives on a nearby Elkmont farm, and after her owners let her out to relieve herself, she discovered a group of people gathered around the starting line and decided to investigate.
“Apparently she went to the race start and took off with the runners at the starting shot,” said April Hamlin, the dog’s owner. “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,” said Hamlin.
Bloodhounds are known more for their good noses than their long-distance endurance, so that’s what makes Ludivine’s adventure that much more surprising. “Her owner doesn’t even run! That’s what makes the story even better,” said race director Gretta Armstrong.
Out of 165 competitors, Ludivine finished in seventh place in just under an hour and 30 minutes. Even though she was not counted as an official contestant, she was still presented with a well-earned medal.
Ludivine’s impromptu race went viral on social media, spurring the race organizers to rename the race to the Hound Dog Half Marathon in her honor.
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