Dog That Crashed Half Marathon Dies a Week Later

A dog that became an Internet sensation after crashing an Indiana half marathon has died just a week after receiving a medal for completing the race.

The 100-pound chocolate Labrador retriever named Boogie ran most of the 13.1 miles in the Oct. 5 Evansville event after escaping his leash the night before.

The canine slipped his leash on Friday, joined Saturday's YMCA Half-Marathon and ran virtually the entire race before eventually being reunited with his owner. He also finished the race in two hours and 15 minutes, better than half of the runners involved.

"I think he stayed on the track the whole time," owner Jerry Butts told NBC affiliate WFIE.

Butts made an appointment for the dog to be neutered after the race to curb his wandering ways.

The Evansville Courier & Press reports that Boogie died Tuesday of an apparent heart attack. He was 10.

Butts says on his Facebook page that the dog was a rascal and was "not being too shy to soak up the glory."

Boogie finished the race in 2 hours, 15 minutes.

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