The dog who ran a half marathon dies after suffering a heart attack. On Oct. 17, FOX Sports reported that the 8-year-old chocolate lab that made headlines earlier this month for completing the Evansville Half Marathon in Indiana has died. The dog, named Boogie Butts, made national news after he ran 13.1-mile race in 2 hours, 15 minutes.
Boogie was off his leash, running with his owner during the marathon. He ended up getting ahead and completing the marathon -- and he even received a medal upon completion -- but no one knew who he belonged to. His family eventually caught up to him and they were so proud.
The dog who ran the half marathon dies story was brought to life by Facebook. Boogie's family wrote the following message to their 500+ fans.
"It is with great sadness that we inform you that Boogie passed away due to a heart attack on Tuesday, Oct. 15. He was 10 when he wiggled free of his owner Jerry Butts' leash on Oct. 4 and, two days later, ran 13 of 13.1 miles in the Evansville Half Marathon. Boogie received a medal for completing the race and became an international media sensation. He loved every minute of the attention. You know him as the first dog thought to have completed a half marathon unassisted, but to me and my sons, he was our companion, our watchdog, and a member of our family. Boogie was a rascal and he went out the way he wanted, by being a little mischievous and not being too shy to soak up the glory (sic)."
The dog who ran the half marathon dies leaving behind a loving family and plenty of fans. He will be greatly missed and always remembered.
© Effie Orfanides 2013