Ludivine The Bloodhound: The Dog Who Accidentally Ran A Half Marathon.

Ludivine the bloodhound raced in the 2016 Elkmont, AL half marathon and won her division.

The race formerly known as Elkmont Half Marathon – The Trackless Train Trek, has a new dog marathon name. This all came about as the result of an unregistered race participant in 2016. Ludivine, known as “Lu” around Elkmont, accidentally entered the 13.1-mile half-marathon race because she is a curious bloodhound. When a group of people gathered at the start line near her farm home, Lu went to check out the commotion.

When the runners started running, Lu started running. She kept running with the group of strangers through the entire course. She took a few rest stops to relieve herself and investigate some cows, but that didn’t affect her final times. With roughly 300 million scent receptors, it surprises us that the bloodhound didn’t get more distracted during the run. She placed first in the women’s division and seventh overall.

Ludivine passing one of the race water stations during the half marathon.
Image from Facebook.

At the finish line, Lu earned a finisher’s medal, and the entire town celebrated her race results. Lu’s owner, April Hamlin, was unaware of her dog’s escapades until after the event. A friend called April during the award ceremony and told her she needed to come down there. During an interview with CNN, April said:

“Apparently she went to the race start and took off win the runners at the starting shot. She stayed with a few of the front runners, ran off to sniff some animal carcasses, romp in the water, and then back to the race. I understand she stayed on the course for 13.1 miles, finished seventh, and was the highest placed female.”

The 2016 medal won by Ludivine and the prototype design after the race was renamed in her honor.
Images from Facebook here and here.

The race, now known as the Elkmont Hound Dog Half Marathon, was organized through 2020. We can’t find any record of the event since then. It is quite possible that it did not make the transition to post-COVID planning schedules. In 2017, race promoters used a unique banner as inspiration:

A banner used on Facebook to promote the newly re-named race in 2017.
Image from Facebook.

As a runner, I can attest to the fact that running a half marathon is a Herculean feat if you haven’t been training for the event. Lu’s mom, April, said that the dog was usually pretty lazy, and this was not something she would have expected her dog to do. But, alas, Lu did participate and took home top honors in her division. Her perseverance and dedication to the mission earned her a distinctive place in the history of the small town. Share this if you’d like to see this race return.

@thatgoodnewsgirl

This dog accidentally ran a half marathon while out for her bathroom break, and her family wasn’t aware until she came home with a 7th place medal. 🐕 😂 Ludivine the bloodhound loves people, and she saw a group gathering at the half marathon start line, so the friendly dog went over to say hello to the runners. 🏃🏻‍♂️ And when they started running, she couldn’t help but join, finishing with a time of 1:32:56. 🐕 The half marathon was actually renamed the Hound Dog Half because of Ludivine the dog! 🏅 📸 Hound Dog Half / April Hamlin #dog #running #halfmarathon #runningwithdogs #dogsoftiktok #alabama #goodnews #positivecontent

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