Running 13.1 miles can be difficult no matter how well you train, so imagine being passed by a dog, who just arrived the same day and decided to run.
Ludivane, a two-and-a-half year old hound, was let out to her back garden to pee. But her owner was left stunned when she escaped and found his way to the race.
Ludivine even derailed a few times, like when she went to play with a herd of cows. Which makes it even more incredible that she managed to get such a good time of just over an hour and a half.
Ludivine was given a medal for her astonishing efforts, and her owner April Hamlin, described the moment following her crazy finish:
“All I did was open the door, and she ran the race on her own accord,” she told Runner’s World. “My first reaction was that I was embarrassed and worried that she had possibly gotten in the way of the other runners.”
Jim Clemens, a runner who finished fourth in the same half marathon, also spoke of how the dog would race past him:
“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.