Dog makes a 'Stormy' finish at Australia half-marathon

Aug 01, 2018, 09:20 IST | A Correspondent

"People were amused. It was a very friendly dog, and prior to the half-marathon, he was going around saying hello to a lot of people and when the race started, he took off with them," said race organiser Grant Wholey

Dog makes a 'Stormy' finish at Australia half-marathon
Two runners pose with Stormy at the finishline after the dog completed the Goldfields Pipeline marathon near Kalgoorlie in Australia. Pic/AFP

A dog called Stormy has been awarded a medal after completing a half-marathon in outback Australia and winning the hearts of its human competitors. The crossbreed diligently ran the 21-kilometre (13-mile) Goldfields Pipeline Marathon near the West Australian town of Kalgoorlie this month in two-and-a-half hours, the average time of participants.

"People were amused. It was a very friendly dog, and prior to the half-marathon, he was going around saying hello to a lot of people and when the race started, he took off with them," said race organiser Grant Wholey.

"At the race stations he was having a little runaround and saying hello to the volunteers and participants, and then he would team up with another runner and keep on following the crowd," added Wholey, who said the black and brown canine came from a nearby Aboriginal community where school teachers said it was known to locals as Stormy.

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