Dog finishes seventh after running entire half-marathon

ELKMONT, Ala. (WCMH) — These quick half-marathon runners in Alabama didn’t have to jump over the ‘lazy’ dog. The dog came right along with them, and even finished seventh.

What started as a typical half-marathon ended as anything but when a hound dog joined the race and snagged a seventh-place finish.

According to Runner’s World, the owners of Ludivine, a 2 ½ year old hound dog, let her out of the house. Little did they know, the dog would wander out to the starting area of the Trackless Train Trek Half Marathon nearby.

Photos show the pooch starting fast, in second place. Ludiving is spotted several times along the course, eventually finishing seventh, with an unofficial time of 1:32:56.

April Hamlin, Ludivine’s owner told Runner’s World “She’s laid back and friendly, so I can’t believe she ran the whole half marathon because she’s actually really lazy.”

WeRunHuntsville reports next year’s race could be renamed the Hounddog half, with a special award going to the 7th place finisher. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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