This Dog Accidentally Ran A Half-Marathon And Placed Seventh

Best. Walkies. Ever.

1. Meet Ludivine. She’s a 2½-year-old bloodhound from Elkmont, Alabama, who just won seventh place in the town’s half-marathon.

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The morning of the race, her owner let her out to relieve herself. Ludivine, who frequently roams the small town and is well known by its 400-something residents, wandered all the way to the local half-marathon and started running. She completed all 13.1 miles.

3. “All I did was open the door, and she ran the race on her own accord,” April Hamlin, Ludivine’s owner, told Runner’s World.

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4. She even got a medal!

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She looks so proud!!!

Hamlin found out about her pup’s great accomplishment only when friends who were volunteering at the race texted her with photos. She was surprised, to say the least.

6. “She’s laid-back and friendly, so I can’t believe she ran the whole half-marathon, because she’s actually really lazy,” said Hamlin.

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7. Post-race, Ludivine celebrated the way anyone would: by taking a ridiculously long nap.

April Hamlin

“Ludivine is taking her newfound celebrity in stride and has not let fame go to her head,” Hamlin told BuzzFeed.

Congrats on the big win, Ludivine!

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