Dozer The Dog Finishes Maryland Half Marathon (Video)

A Goldendoodle named Dozer could not resist the urge to join thousands of runners in Maryland’s Half Marathon last weekend as they passed by his home.  The dog crossed the finish line in a respectable 2 hours and 14 minutes.

Animal Planet’s The Daily Treat reported on Dozer’s late entry into the race.  The very fit 3-year-old dog apparently got caught up in the excitement of the half marathon which benefits the University of Maryland’s Greenebaum Cancer Center as runners sped past his backyard.

He broke through his invisible fence and joined the group at the five mile mark.

Runners reported spotting Dozer at various locations along the course, but few knew he was determined to complete the race or that he was running without his owners.  He even learned to stop at the rest areas to lap water from cups that were provided for the racers.

When Dozer finally crossed the finish line in 860th place out of 1662 participants, he was met with cheers from his fellow runners. 

That’s when people began to notice Dozer had run the race solo.  He was reunited with his family the next day and made a “precautionary” trip to the veterinarian’s office. 

After receiving a clean bill of health, race organizers gave Dozer a medal for his participation and now he has his own runner’s page on the Maryland Half Marathon website.

“This is a very sweet dog,” said University of Maryland Medical Center spokeswoman Karen Warmkessel to ESPN. “When I saw him today, he looked great. He was really active, and now he’s raising money for cancer research.”


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Faith B.
Faith Billingham4 years ago

great article, thanks for sharing!

R A M.
Renata B.4 years ago

I totally agree with Laura C.: the poor dog doesn't know that many dogs and other animals will be tortured and killed in useless tests according to a method used 400 years ago, thanks to the money raised in that event!

Michelle Beth M.
Michelle Beth M.4 years ago

Thanks for the coverage. Dozer has now raised more than $11,000 for cancer research, well on his way to the goal of $15,000. In addition to his runner's page, Dozer now has his own Facebook Fan page: -- University of Maryland Medical Center

Jami Winn
Jami Winn4 years ago

oh my God that was adorable

DENISE B.4 years ago

Superb - well done Dozer xxx

Past Member
Past Member 4 years ago

What an amazing dog and it!

rene davis
rene davis4 years ago

I agree Joy J.

Lindsey Williams
Lindsey Williams4 years ago


Eileen Novak
Eileen Novak4 years ago

Funny! Smart pup, Dozer, likely assumed that if everyone was running by, there must be a good reason.
Glad he was reunited with his humans.
Overjoyed he was given a medal!

Ally T.
A T.4 years ago

Congrats Dozer for finishing the race!