I am a distance runner, so when I learned that a dog ran the Evansville Indiana half marathon unassisted and got a medal I was intrigued. It seems that Chocolate Lab Boogie escaped from his home the night before and showed up at the start of the race. From there, he started running alongside everyone else.
Boogie ran the entire 13.1 miles to the finish, where he was collected by the local animal control agency. His relieved owner found out about the incident from the media and was happily reunited with Boogie, who was then given a finisher’s medal for completing the race. But Boogie, who has escaped multiple times before, has another surprise coming. His owner reports that he will now be getting neutered! Don’t worry Boogie, that shouldn’t affect your race times. If you are able to ever attend another, that is.
Oh, and Boogie was reportedly very tired when his owner got him home. No surprise there!
Update: Sadly Boogie passed away from a heart attack several weeks after. He was 10 years’ old.
View Boogie’s story here:
Are you interested in running with your dog? Keep in mind that while Boogie went 13.1 miles, that is quite a long distance. Dogs, like people, need to train to safely run without injury. Start out by walking your dog and running only short distances at a time. Perhaps walk a block and then run one, alternating for 20 minutes, and slowly increase the distances over time. A couch to 5k program can also be used. Also avoid running in extreme temperatures with your dog and carry water for your dog to drink along the way.
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