Bloodhound Finishes Seventh in Half Marathon

Dog becomes top female finisher in race


A two-year-old Bloodhound finished in 7th place in a half marathon in Alabama earlier this month.

Fox 5 reported that Ludivine, a Bloodhound who lives on a rural farm in Alabama with her owner April Hamlin, accidentally began running the Elkmont Half Marathon after Hamlin let her out to go to the bathroom.

Hamlin only discovered that the dog had participated in the race after one of her colleagues text-messaged her a photo of Ludivine wearing a race medal.

"Apparently she went to the race start and took off with the runners at the starting shot. She stayed with a few of the frontrunners, ran off to sniff some animal carcasses, romp in the water, and then back to the race," Hamlin told CNN.

Ludivine ran the 13.1-mile race, which took place January 16, in just over an hour and a half. With the official finish time of 1:32:56, the dog was the top female finisher in the race. There were 165 runners who participated in the event.

The dog has been celebrated by race organizers on social media since her feat. The race’s name has since been changed to Elkmont’s Hound Dog Half in celebration of the dog.

Ludivine's grand entrance to half marathon running!

Posted by Elkmont Half Marathon – The Trackless Train Trek on Monday, January 18, 2016

Morgan Chalfant   Email Morgan | Full Bio | RSS
Morgan Chalfant is a staff writer at the Washington Free Beacon. Prior to joining the Free Beacon, Morgan worked as a staff writer at Red Alert Politics. She also served as the year-long Collegiate Network fellow on the editorial page at USA TODAY from 2013-14. Morgan graduated from Boston College in 2013 with a B.A. in English and Mathematics. Her Twitter handle is @mchalfant16.

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