Maryland Dog Escapes, Runs Half Marathon

Friday, Jun 24, 2011  |  Updated 12:15 PM EDT
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Maryland Dog Escapes, Runs Half Marathon

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Dozer runs a half marathon.

Run, Dozer, run!

A dog named Dozer, who escaped from his owners' yard, surprised them by going on to run most of the Maryland Half Marathon before returning.

The 3-year-old goldendoodle apparently joined runners at mile 5 of the marathon in Howard County on May 15. Runners reported seeing him at several points along the race, and there's video of him crossing the finish line at 2 hours and 14 minutes.

He then found his way home, dog tired. Race officials later honored him with a medal.

Video of him crossing the finish line has been viewed thousands of times on YouTube.

Though he was a late entrant, Dozer's family set up a fundraising page to benefit the race's beneficiary, the University of Maryland's Greenbaum Cancer Center. He has raised more than $13,000.

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