Maple Lawn, Md. – There was a last-minute entry in the May 15 Maryland Half Marathon to benefit the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center – a 3-year-old goldendoodle named Dozer, who escaped from his yard to join the more than 2,000 people running by his house, located near Mile 5 of the race.
Runners reported seeing the dog at several points along the way, and he crossed the finish line with other runners at 2 hours and 14 minutes. Dozer's family didn't know about his great adventure until he returned home dog-tired the next morning. After a quick trip to the vet, Dozer is okay.
The race co-chairmen, Michael Greenebaum and Jon Sevel, gave Dozer a medal for finishing the race -- and some dog treats. Dozer even has his own runner's page, where people can donate to raise money for cancer research at the Greenebaum Cancer Center.
In one month, Dozer the Dog had raised more than $13,000 for cancer research. Good dog, Dozer! You can donate in Dozer's honor, or keep track of his fund raising progress:
Visit Dozer's runner's page.
Visit Dozer's Fan Page on Facebook!
See a Dozer Photo Gallery and Comments by Fellow Half Marathoners Who Ran with Dozer.
Check out the news coverage on Dozer.
Read some of the well wishes from Dozer's friends.