Most people train before running a half marathon, but Ludivine is not a person. The dog from Elkmont, Alabama went outside on January 16 after her owner, April Hamlin, opened the door, Hamlin told Runner's World. Ludivine then wandered off to the starting point of the Trackless Train Trek Half Marathon. Once the race started, Ludivine joined in.
Straying from the path only to check out yards or, in one instance, sniff a dead rabbit, Ludivine finished the 1.31-mile race in 1:32:56.
After crossing the finish line, Ludivine slowed down and hung around. At that point, volunteers awarded a medal to the dog, who came in seventh place out of 165 official runners.
Hamlin figured out where her two-and-half-year-old dog was when friends started sending her pictures from the race. At first she was "embarrassed and worried" that Ludivine had disrupted the race. She was also surprised. "She’s laid back and friendly," Hamlin said of her dog, "so I can’t believe she ran the whole half marathon because she’s actually really lazy." Hamlin can never say that about her marathon-running pup again.