The people who owned Dozer, a 3-year-old goldendoodle from Fulton, Md., didn’t know where he was on Sunday. Unbeknownst to them, Dozer escaped his invisible fence and joined up with the 2,000-plus marathoners contending in the Maryland One-half Marathon, which benefits the College of Maryland’s Greenebaum Cancer Facility. Dozer signed up for the run at about 5 miles in to the race, and he went across the goal at the 2:14:24 mark.
Maryland One-half Marathon co-founder Jon Sevel pointed out many joggers spotted Dozer in numerous places, at times lapping up water at rest locations, yet nobody recognized the pet was operating solo. After running the last 7 miles in the race, Dozer made it home Monday morning. After being checkout by a vet he got a medal from the race organizers on the following Thursday.
“This is an extremely sweet dog,” claimed University of Maryland Medical Facility spokeswoman Karen Warmkessel. “When I saw him today, he looked excellent. He was really energetic, and now he’s raising money for cancer research.”.
Dozer now has his own marathoner’s web pag on the Maryland Half Marathon website. Way to go Dozer.
Asked if Dozer will ever get the full marathoner treatment Sevel said, “At the minimum, Dozer will certainly have his own bib number– K9,” said Sevel. “We will definitely have him involved.”.