A half-marathon isn’t typically an activity on takes on lightly. For most people, months of hardcore training is a necessity to even think about competing, ensuring they have the endurance necessary to run 13.5 miles. But people aren’t dogs, and one bloodhound, at just two-and-a-half years old, decided to take part on a whim.
In 2016, Ludivine, a bloodhound, was let outside by her owner. She was only supposed to pee but, instead, decided to join an event in progress: the Elkmont Trackless Train Trek Half Marathon in Canada.
Ludivine managed to squeeze under a fence and joined the runners at the starting line.
Of course, when everyone started running down the track, Ludivine didn’t just sit and let them leave. She took off with everyone else.
Ludivine mainly remained on target during the race, once pausing near the two-mile mark to get a whiff of a dead rabbit, according to Sport Bible, and occasionally diverting for a quick romp or sniff.
The small breaks didn’t really hurt Ludivine’s performance either. Ultimately, the bloodhound finished seventh, crossing the finish line in a little more than an hour and a half.
Images from the event made their way onto Facebook, showing Ludivine in action.
April Hamlin, Ludivine’s owner, said during an interview, “All I did was open the door, and she ran the race on her own accord.”
“My first reaction was that I was embarrassed and worried that she had possibly gotten in the way of the other runners,” Hamlin continued.
“She’s laid back and friendly, so I can’t believe she ran the whole half marathon because she’s actually really lazy.”
“Every time I thought she had dropped off to go back home, I would hear her coming back up to me, and she would race past me up to the two leaders,” said Jim Clemens, the runner who came in fourth.
“She would run off to romp through the streams and into yards to sniff around for a while.”
After Ludivine’s epic run, the race coordinators renamed the event. Instead of the Elkmont Trackless Train Trek Marathon, it is now the Elkmont Hound Dog Half Marathon.