A Runner Adopted a Stray Dog That Joined a Marathon

A 41-year-old guy from Scotland named Dion Leonard ran a 150-mile ultra-marathon in China recently. Yeah, apparently that’s a thing. It took a full week. And on day two, a stray dog started running with him.

It’s a mutt that kind of looks like a Yorkshire terrier. And he was surprised it could keep up with him, because it was so small.

Then after they ran about 15 miles that day, the dog followed him into his tent and slept with him. Then it ran three more stages of the race with him too.

Dion says there were sections where he had to cross some pretty big rivers. So he carried the dog across, even though it slowed him down.

And in the end, it ran more than half of the race. So he decided to adopt it, named it Gobi, and started a GoFundMe campaign to help get it back to Scotland.

That’ll cost about $6,500, because he has to pay for the quarantine and the vet bills. But people have already donated over 12 grand to help. And any money that’s left over will go to charity.


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