Running a race is hard period.
But running a marathon?
Talk about commitment.
One woman was up for the challenge when she carried herself across the finish line with a stay pup she had met along the way.
Last Sunday, Khemjira Klongsanum, 43, was running a marathon in Ratchaburi, western Thailand, when she discovered many runners moving around a lone dog.
And while many moved around the pup, Khemijra slowed down so she could see if she could track down its owner.
The runner soon realized how no one was standing along the side of the road cheering people on and how there were no houses close by so the bangkawe or Thai wolf dog must have either been lost or on its own.
And what the woman did next was epic in every sense of the word.
The 43 year-old then picked up the little dog and decided to carry him all the way to the finish line —- an entire 19 miles away.
The shop owner has now adopted the puppy who is believed to be just a few months old — naming him “Chombueng” after the name of the marathon.
”It seemed to me that this little guy was lost. There were no houses, no other dogs, or no people around. So, I picked up the puppy, if only to take him out of the unsafe environment.” Khemjira said.
And believe it or not, that is not the only time a dog ran a marathon.
In Canada, a two-and-a-half-year-old Bloodhound managed to place 7th in a marathon in Canada after being let out to use the bathroom.
He then crawled under the garden fence, ran towards the finish line and — you can guess the ending to that story — right?
Ludivine – the doggo’s name – stopped at the two-mile point to check out a dead rabbit.
Like you do.
And it is alleged that the dog also went off track on a number of occasions which included the moment he played with a herd of cows.
And no, I am not making this up.
But his little stops did not deviate him from the ultimate goal — which was crossing that finish line.
Which that pup did — in just over an hour-and-a-half.
The caption under the video reads:
“Wanted to share this photo of that was sent to me after the race. This is Ludivane – she ran the entire half marathon and finished 7th overall with a time of 1:32.56”
What a dog!
Folks flocked in the Facebook comment section, saying:
“She looks so regal and dignified with her medal.”
“When does registration open for next year? I definitely want to be a finisher!”
“Congratulations, Ludivine! A well earned medal. So glad the humans let her ‘run w/the pack!’. She certainly enjoyed it.”
“Call next year’s race “The Running of the Hounds”. Better yet, organize a race for owners of hound digs to run w/their dogs, proceeds going to local animal shelter.”
Hmmm…not a bad idea! We will see what next year holds.
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