A dog that accidentally entered a half marathon after being let out to pee by its owner ended up finishing seventh in the race.
The impressive performance was by a two-year-old Bloodhound called Ludivine from the town of Elkmount, Alabama.
Her owner April Hamlin, 43, let the dog out to take care of her private doggy business, only for her to wag her tail into the Trackless Trek half marathon in the town.
Instead of stopping, Ludivine kept ploughing her way around the course and ended up finishing in seventh place overall in an impressive time of just under 1hr 33 minutes.
Tim Horvath, 49, ran most of the race with the pup.
“I saw her for the first time in the parking lot before the race,” said Horvath, a resident of Huntsville, Alabama. “She came bouncing up, and I petted her on the head. I saw her collar, so I just figured she was somebody’s dog. Elkmont is a small town where everyone knows everybody, so it didn’t strike me as unusual.”
When Ludivine stopped to investigate a dead rabbit around the two-mile mark, Horvath caught back up with her. For the rest of the race, Ludivine stayed within 50 meters of Horvath, hopping on and off the course.
Ms Hamlin said she only became aware of Ludivine’s escapade when her friends started sending her photos of her dog at the finish line.
“My first reaction was that I was embarrassed and worried that she had possibly gotten in the way of the other runners,” she told Runner’s World.
“All I did was open the door, and she ran the race on her own accord. “She’s laid back and friendly, so I can’t believe she ran the whole half marathon because she’s actually really lazy.”
Race Organizers marked her achievement by awarding her a medal.
On their Facebook page, the Elkmont Half Marathon race committee wrote: “This is Ludivine – she ran the entire half marathon and finished 7th overall with a time of 1:32.56.”