Runner Clutches Object In Arms During Race Turning Heads When She Crosses Finish Line 19 Miles Later
Marilyn Caylor 2/8/2019
The woman behind racing bib F40-41810 was just another number in the Chombueng marathon in Ratchaburi, Western Thailand, until she did something that made her real name famous. Although she didn't place, Khemjira Klongsanun still managed to outshine all her competitors for what she did that day.
As an avid runner, Khemjira is probably used to seeing banana peels, energy bar wrappers, and plastic water bottles littered along the side of the road. When she was 7 miles into the race, it quickly became apparent that not everything is trash! In fact, Khemjira was so smitten with what she found laying in the grass, she decided to pick it up and carry it in her arms for the next 19 miles.
When Khemjira noticed that other runners were dodging something in their path, she stopped to take a closer look. Trembling along the side of the road was the most adorable puppy! There were no houses or a doggy mama nearby, so she figured the poor thing had been abandoned.
Unlike everyone else who had whizzed on by, Khemjira couldn't leave the furry little cutie behind. So, she picked him up, wrapped him up in a towel, and continued to run like it was business as usual towards the finish line. Naturally, bystanders went wild when the marathoner revealed the what was hiding inside the bundle she had been carrying around all that time!
Khemjira made headlines around the world when she was photographed crossing the finish line with a puppy in tow! According to Runner's World, the marathoner explained to the press why she carried the pup all the way to the end:
"It seemed to me that this little guy was lost. There were no houses, no other dogs, or no people around. So, I picked up the puppy, if only to take him out of the unsafe environment. Running almost 20 miles carrying dog was truly a challenge. It was two times tiring than a normal marathon but I did it anyway just because he is adorable."
The story could have ended there, but Khemjira just couldn't part ways with her new running buddy!
When no one came forward to claim the pup, Khemjira took the lonely stray to her place, where she christened him Nong Chom and introduced him to the family's other two dogs.
"It took a lot of time to take the new dog for checkups, vaccinations, and treatments but I'm glad to save him and willing to have him with other dog members in the family. It might take a while for him to adapt himself. But Chombueng is a very smart boy. I'm sure he is going to be happy living with us."
With a full belly, two new fur doggies to play with, and a loving human mama at his beck and call, Nong Chom is surely more than just happy. He must be feeling like the luckiest dog in the world for racing his way straight into his fur-ever home!