In 2016, a two-year-old bloodhound by the name of Ludivine finished the Trackless Train Trek Half-Marathon in Elkmont, Alabama with a time of 1:32:56 — good enough for 7th place. News of dog’s run came as a complete surprise to her owner, April Hamlin, who had let Ludivine out to do her business and thought she was just out running in the woods.
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In honor of Ludivine’s dogged determination, the race was renamed the Hound Dog Half Marathon in 2017, with a special award going to 7th place. Who knows, maybe Ludivine will return for the 2018 race (scheduled for Saturday, January 20) to challenge the front runner.
[fusion_title size=”4″]BOOGIE RUNS YMCA HALF MARATHON[/fusion_title]
It’s impossible to divine Ludivine’s motivation for running the Elkmont race, but it’s possible she was inspired by Boogie, who ran the YMCA Half Marathon in Evansville, Indiana a little over two years ago.
Unbeknownst to his owner, the chocolate labrador retriever completed the 13.1 mile race in 2 hours 15 minutes, finishing ahead of 1100 of the two-legged runners.