Dog That Ran Half-Marathon Dies

Chocolate lab suffers heart attack

A dog running in the Athens Marathon 2012. Note: This dog is not Boogie Butts, who ran the Evansville Half Marathon. (Petros Papaetropoulos/Shutterstock)
Photo: Petros Papaetropoulos/Shutterstock

Boogie Butts, the runaway chocolate lab who bandited the Evansville Half-Marathon last Saturday passed away just three days after the race. Boogie was ten years old and is survived by his owner, Jerry Butts.

"It is with great sadness that we inform you that Boogie passed away due to a heart attack on Tuesday, October 15," Jerry Butts wrote on Boogie's Facebook page.

Boogie garnered national attention this week for setting an unofficial record in the half-marathon for unassisted dogs. Boogie reportedly broke free from his owner's leash the night before the race and ran the majority of the half-marathon the next morning—unchaperoned and without his owner's knowledge. Boogie finished in two hours and 15 minutes and bested 1,128 of the race's registered, two-legged participants.

A veterinary technician at Cape Veterinary Clinic in South Portland, Maine, told Runner's World Newswire that it is purely conjecture to say a half-marathon caused the dog's heart attack without knowing the dog's medical history.

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