A dog that accidentally entered a half marathon after being let out to pee by its owner ended up finishing seventh in the race.
The impressive performance was by a two-year-old bloodhound called Ludivine from the town of Elkmount, Alabama.
Her owner April Hamlin, 43, let the dog out to take care of her private doggy business, only for her to wag her tail into the Trackless Trek half marathon in the town.
Instead of stopping, Ludivine kept ploughing her way around the course and ended up finishing in seventh place overall in an impressive time of just under 1 hr 33 minutes.
Organisers marked her achievement by awarding her a medal.
On their Facebook page, they wrote: “This is Ludivine – she ran the entire half marathon and finished 7th overall with a time of 1:32.56.”
Ms Hamlin said she only became aware of Ludivine’s escapade when her friends started sending her photos of her dog at the finish line.
“My first reaction was that I was embarrassed and worried that she had possibly gotten in the way of the other runners,” she told Runner’s World.
“All I did was open the door, and she ran the race on her own accord.
“She’s laid back and friendly, so I can’t believe she ran the whole half marathon because she’s actually really lazy.”
(Pictures: Elkmount Half Marathon/Facebook)