Marathon runner rescues an abandoned puppy and carries him 19 miles to the finish line

January 6, 2021 Stories


A marathon runner won another award after discovering a lost puppy in the middle of a race.

Sprinter Khemjira Klongsanun was competing in the Chombueng Marathon in Ratchaburi, western Thailand, when she saw runners dodging a puppy seven miles before the race. When I noticed there were no other houses, people, or dogs nearby, I decided to stop and check on the puppy. The puppy, the pangcao (Thai wolfhound), was trembling and lonely, but she was able to convince him of her.


Khimjira was concerned for his safety and realized that he was lost or abandoned. He picked up the puppy and kept racing, running 19 miles with the puppy in her arms.


Watch another marathon runner run with the puppy and take photos of her running with the puppy.

“It seemed to me that this little guy was lost. There were no houses, no other dogs, no people around. So I took the puppy in, even when it came to getting him out of the unsafe environment,” said Khimjira then the press.

She said rescuing the puppy required extra effort: “Running 20 miles and carrying the dog was a real challenge. He’s had enough of a regular marathon twice, but I did it anyway just because he’s cool.”

She gave out a word to find out if the puppy was really lost, but no one came forward and decided to adopt the puppy on their own. She named it “Chombeueng” after the name Marathon and he joined her two other dogs at her home.

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