Guys, here’s some serious motivation to try long-distance running. By Estelle Low
Photo: Werunhuntsville/Gregg Gelmis
Running a half-marathon is no joke. First-timers can only hope to clock a sub-2:30, but this hound dog made it in 1:32.
Last Saturday, two-and-a-half-year-old Ludivine joined some 160 runners at the Elkmont Half-Marathon (Trackless Train Trek) in Alabama, US.
According to Runner’s World, the pup took off with leading runners after the starting gun fired, and managed to keep up with them despite running off course several times to sniff and check out her surroundings.
Ludivine approaches the finish line. Photo: Jake Armstrong
Eventually, she finished in seventh place, and enjoyed a moment of glory as surprised race volunteers awarded her with a medal.
Ludivine poses with her medal. Photo: Leigh Pugh
Ludivine’s owner, April Hamlin, was equally stunned when she found out about her dog’s accomplishment. “All I did was open the door, and she ran the race on her own accord,” she told Runner’s World. “She’s laidback and friendly, so I can’t believe she ran the whole half marathon because she’s actually really lazy.”
So there, who says *ahem* couch potatoes can’t do sports? If a lazy dog can complete 21km in good time, we think anyone can, too.