Boogie the dog would have a story to tell his grandchildren, if he wasn’t being neutered in the following days. The brown lab escaped his owner the night before the race but joined up with runners in a marathon taking place in the city the following day.
Boogie completed the marathon in two hours and 15 minutes. This was a great finish time for the pooch, since he joined the race late. He beat the time of about half of the other entrants.
Once the race was complete, Boogie could not outrun the law. He was captured and taken to the local animal shelter by authorities.
Boogie busted loose from his owner on Saturday. His escape route led him directly to the marathon, where he joined in on the fun. For the fourth time this week, Boogie escaped from his leash and left his owner curious as to where he could be. He met up with Kim Arney, a lone runner who had lost her running partner earlier in the marathon and stayed with her until he was located and captured by authorities.
Owner Jerry Butts located his canine companion after the Evansville Police Department posted a photo of Boogie on their Facebook page.
The page read:
Participants in today’s half marathon had an unexpected guest runner. A chocolate lab joined the runners just as the race started on Reitz Hill. The dog managed to complete the entire course without assistance. After crossing the finish line, he was picked up by animal control and taken to their shelter for some much needed rest. Because he did not officially enter the race, we do not have his race times. However, we are confident he set a new course record for an unassisted dog.
Beneath the above posting was a photo of Boogie that led Butts to his dog.
Butts reported his dog has been taking plenty of naps since the marathon. Boogie won a medal for his amazing race time and is set to be neutered and micro-chipped within the next few days.