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Posted: January 25, 2016

Dog accidentally runs half marathon, places seventh

(Facebook/Elkmont Half Marathon - The Trackless Train Trek)
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By Laurel Lee

News 965 - Orlando

Elkmont, Alabama —

It's not uncommon to see all different types of people attend a city sponsored event.

Consider a half marathon, for example. Chances are, people of different heights, weights, ages and levels of fitness may participate in the event.

But what about a dog? 

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That's exactly what happened during the Elkmont Half Marathon in Alabama.

Ludivane, a bloodhound, had been let out by her owner for a stroll in the yard when she wandered away and right onto the path of the half marathon.

Not one to give up a challenge, the tenacious hound trotted alongside other runners and ended up placing an impressive seventh.

At the time, the dog's owner didn't have the slightest idea of her pup’s profound achievements.

She wasn’t made aware until her friends starting seeing pictures of Ludivane at the finish line pop up on Facebook.

“This is Ludivane. She ran the entire half marathon and finished 7th overall with a time of 1.32.56," the organization wrote on Facebook underneath a photo of the bloodhound with a medal around her neck. 

"My first reaction was that I was embarrassed and worried that she had possibly gotten in the way of the other runners," said April Hill, Ludivane's owner. "All I did was open the door, and she ran the race on her own accord."

Ludivine's grand entrance to half marathon running!

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

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