Two Runners Compete In Race Only To Have Unexpected Guest Jump In And Win

While technically there were only two official competitors in this race — both runners assumed they knew who would be winning and who would be losing.

But that was their first mistake.

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Because as they were competing —- a new guest decided to jump in and compete.

That guest?

And adorable dog.

Reportedly, the hilarious sight happened at Chile’s National Athletics Competition last year.

It was not long after the starting gun fired for the 400-meter dash event, when a random dog manifested itself on the track alongside the two sprinters.

We have included the footage below for your viewing pleasure and we must preface it with — you will never guess who wins the race…

No one is quite sure where exactly the doggo had come from or exactly how he seemed to be trained for that exact moment but the other runners were shocked to say the least.

The video has over 17K views, accompanied with witty comments like:

“Oh he/she is… a lap dog!” and “easy win.”

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And because the dog was an unofficial participator, the record books most likely will not reflect his win — but witnesses will know who took the bone that day.

Believe it or not, this is not the first time a dog has joined in on a race – uninvited.

In a 155-mile, cross country race through China’s biggest desert, extreme marathon runner Dion Leonard was about 20 miles in when he met very sweet stray.

During the 4 Deserts Gobi March 2016, Leonard was one of the 101 human participants in the 6-day foot race who stumbled upon a furry competitor.

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Nearby where the race was commencing, a tiny homeless dog decided to jump in on the action — running alongside him for the first 22-mile stretch.

Leonard had noticed the dog at the runners’ camp but he did not think she would stick it out alongside him.

“On Day 2, I was at the start line for the race stage and she was standing next to me looking up at me,” Leonard shared with The Dodo. “I thought to myself this little dog isn’t going to last very long at my side as we raced off, but she ended up running the whole day and 23 miles distance.”

After crossing the finish line – the dog did not leave Leonard’s side and he decided to name his favorite new racing companion, Gobi.

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When Day 3 came, you guessed it — Gobi was right there with Leonard for 26 miles.

“For a little dog Gobi certainly has a big heart and some pace to match,” said Leonard.

During Day 4 and 5, Gobi had to sit out because the weather was too extreme but she was given a ride to the end point by race organizers so she would be there to greet Leonard.

And on Day 6, she was back in action — racing alongside Leonard until they crossed the finish line.

Leonard is hopeful he can continue his journey with Gobi as he wants to take her home to Scotland and adopt her.

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But legally, getting a dog to be cleared for entrance into the U.K. is both a long and expensive process — which requires a medical check as well as a 4-month quarantine but Leonard wants to make it work.

He entrusted Gobi with a friend in China and has started the arduous process so he can be reunited with his racing companion.

Already, over hundreds of donors have chipped in to help with costs.

“Gobi picked me to be her pal for life, so I am doing what I can with some great support from around the word to make this happen.” Leonard shared.

And in just 56 days after donations were made, Leonard and Gobi reached their goal.

Who knew that Leonard would be getting more than a medal at the end of his journey!

Medals can’t cuddle you at night — I think Leonard lucked out!

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