By Kelvin Tan, Editor for Men’s Health Singapore
Talk about man’s best friend. While most times we see dogs jogging alongside owners at East Coast Park or along neighbourhood running tracks, this stray in outback Western Australia went even further, according to a report by ABC News.
According to marathon volunteer coordinator Allison Hunter, “this dog is walking around, making itself known to all the runners. We get the air horn out and say ‘Go’ and off he goes with everybody!”
What’s more impressive according to race organiser Grant Wholey is that the dog probably finished in two and a half hours, which was around the average time most participants finished the run.
Mr Wholey said the four-legged athlete had not been “taking it as seriously as the other runners”.
“He probably spent a fair bit of time at the different stations saying hello to everybody,” he quipped.
Imagine if he did! The stray, now named Stormy, was taken to a pound after the run. “A ranger has gone to Kurrawang and left a call card at the address given and spoken to the community,” City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder chief executive John Walker said.
ABC has reported that several runners have expressed interest in adopting Stormy, who will be freed within a week unless its owner comes forward.
While he’s behind bars, Wholey and his new human pals visited.
“We thought he deserved a medal since he had done the whole thing,” Wholey said. “So Allison and I went down to the rangers, gave him a medal and gave him more exposure so hopefully the owner might see.”
Unfortunately Stormy’s long-distance career is over, though.
“Where we finish is a pet-free zone, so Stormy is going to have to spectate from the sidelines next year,” he said.
“I think they’ll need a good solid lead for him or else he’ll be off again.”