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Posted: 8:28 a.m. Monday, Jan. 25, 2016

Dog accidentally runs half marathon, places seventh


Ludivane running marathon photo
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By Laurel Lee

Not only is hearing of someone accidentally running a half marathon weird, but a dog accidentally running a half marathon is even weirder.

But that’s precisely what happened during the Elkmont Half Marathon in Alabama.

Ludivane the bloodhound had been let out by her owner for a stroll in the yard when she wandered away, right onto the track of the half marathon.

Not one to give up a challenge, the tenacious hound trotted right alongside the other runners and ended up placing an impressive seventh.

As for Ludo’s owner though, she hadn’t the slightest idea of her pup’s profound achievements.

She wasn’t made aware until her friends starting seeing pictures of Ludivane at the finish line pop up on Facebook.

The “Elkmont Half Marathon The Trackless Train Trek” Facebook page posted a photo of the bloodhound with her medal around her neck, writing, “This is Ludivane – she ran the entire half marathon and finished 7th overall with a time of 1.32.56.”

“My first reaction was that I was embarrassed and worried that she had possibly gotten in the way of the other runners,” commented April Hill, Ludo’s owner, “all I did was open the door, and she ran the race on her own accord.”

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