Bloodhounds are known around the world for their sense of smell. They were widely used to hunt wild boar and deer. Their strong instinct to track gives them the ability to travel long distances to find what they’re looking for. But what if they run for fun? Do you think a bloodhound could still run long distances? Well for Ludivine the answer is, Yes! A small town in the south was in for a special surprise from Ludvine the bloodhound.
In Elkmont, Alabama, the owners of a bloodhound opened the door to allow for a short bathroom break. A two-and-a-half-year-old Ludivine is described by her owners as quite the lazy bloodhound. On this day, though, she was not in the mood for an afternoon nap. Nearby, the smell of running must have been in the air; because Ludivine joined a half marathon run with her neighbors of this small 400 person town. A half marathon is 13.1 miles long and Ludivine intended on finishing the race. Not only did she finish, but was able to finish in seventh place showing that you don’t need much practice when you’re a bloodhound. This laid back and friendly bloodhound received a special medal for her participation in the half marathon.
Luckily some of the volunteers were friends with April Hamlin, the owner of Ludivine. They were very proud when they received pictures of their bloodhound’s accomplishment. Running is a great way to exercise and stay healthy, and in Ludivine’ s case it’s a way to stay in touch and mingle with her neighbors. It was the inaugural race in that town so it will be interesting to see if this bloodhound makes a return visit next year to race again. A seventh place finish is impressive, but with more experience Ludivine just might win it all next year.
Runnersworld.com, January 22, 2016, Megan Hetzel