Stormy, a friendly pooch appeared out of nowhere while runners were gathered at the starting line of the race. But the pup wasn’t there to watch. He ran the race as well and even earned a medal at the end.
Stormy joins the marathon
In 2018, Stormy stumbled upon the throng of runners in Kalgoorlie, Australia, who were preparing at the starting line of the 21-kilometer Goldfields Pipeline Marathon. Stormy is believed to be from an aboriginal community nearby, and he’s one friendly pooch. He greeted everyone with an excited tail wag and let people pet him.
But Stormy wasn’t there to support a human racer or just people-see. He had every intention to run the marathon. So when the organizers gave the go signal, Stormy made a dash for it. Despite his long body and stout legs, Stormy proved he had what it takes to run a half-marathon.
Not taking the race seriously
Stormy ran alongside other participants, but the organizers quickly noticed he was not taking the race seriously. Stormy stopped at every station and lavished on the attention people gave him. He probably said “hi” at every stop, which made him even more popular.
Stormy finished the race in two and a half hours, which is a good record for an average human runner. The organizers wanted to give Stormy due recognition for his participation, but the pound officials took him right away.
Stormy was to stay at the pound for seven days. If nobody came to pick him up, he would be available for adoption. Meanwhile, Stormy deserved to receive a medal, so his new human friends went by the pound to give him one.
Everyone hopes Stormy ended up getting adopted by a loving family. He’ll surely make a fantastic running partner.
Thanks to ABC News