Labrador retriever runs Indiana half-marathon


Boogie’s four feet were faster than many people’s two in a 13.1-mile race in Indiana. (Denny Simmons/Associated Press)
October 9, 2013

An Indiana dog who crashed a half-marathon last weekend won a medal — and now has a chip so his owner can keep closer track of him.

The chocolate Labrador retriever named Boogie ran most of the 13.1 miles in Saturday’s event in Evansville, Indiana.

Owner Jerry Butts told the Evansville newspaper that the 100-pound dog slipped his leash Friday night. It was his fourth escape. Butts says Boogie now has a microchip, so he can be identified easily if he strays from home.

Boogie finished the race in 2 hours, 15 minutes. That was faster than half of the human runners.

Boogie isn’t the first dog to become famous for running in a human race. In 2011, Dozer the goldendoodle slipped through the electronic fence around his house and ran most of the Maryland Half Marathon, a race that raises money for the University of Maryland’s cancer center. Dozer has since gotten a runner’s page on the race’s Web site and has raised more than $20,000 for cancer research.

— Wire and staff reports

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