Bow-WOW! Stray Dog Runs Cross-Country Bike Race in China

Where would we be without our faithful, furry companions? In addition to the love and courage they bring to our everyday lives, animals can also be a source of tremendous inspiration. In China this month, one remarkable stray dog earned the cheers of thousands when it completed an amazing test of endurance, speed and strength.

The scrappy little canine, called Xiao Sa, ran nearly 2000 kilometers in a cross-country bicycle race lasting 24 days. Bow-WOW!

Xiao Sa joined the cyclists in Sichuan province after Zhang Heng, 22, offered her some food during a pit stop.

“She was lying, tired, on the street,” Zhang told reporters, according to website “So we fed her, and then she followed our team.”

Once Zhang and his friends realized Xiao Sa wouldn’t quit, they embraced her as a race mascot. Zhang also began microblogging about Xiao Sa’s determination. When some of the human racers needed a break from the road, Xiao Sa kept on running. They estimate that she ran between 50 and 60 km each day.

“Many people stopped cycling in some sections, then took the bus, but the dog made it,” said Zhang. “[Her] perseverance moved us a lot.”

Exceptions were made whenever the route got too steep or dangerous. Zhang strapped a special carrier to the back of his bicycle and made Xiao Sa hitch a ride whenever conditions became unsafe for paws.

Xiao Sa’s inspirational story soon spread across China and the world, attracting 40,000 Weibo followers and even earning the remarkable stray a spot on Chinese television.

Now that the race is over, Zhang hopes to adopt Xiao Sa. “I would like to take the dog home and take care of her,” he said, calling Xiao Sa his buddy and friend. “She has been a stray on the road for a long time. She needs a home.”


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Mary T.
Mary T4 years ago

Great story!!!

Duane B.
.4 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

.4 years ago

amazing,thank you for sharing

Cindy B.
Cindy B5 years ago

So utterly unbelievable.

Just flabbergasting. And wonderful!

I only hope the Chinese dog brokers can resist stealing her away and cooking her -- offering her up for about $1,000 per bite and saying "her flesh will give you magical running skills..."

Carrie Anne Brown

great story, hope he was able to adopt her :)

Susan O.
Susan O5 years ago

What a great story! Hope he kept her :))

Martha Eberle
Martha Eberle5 years ago

Quite a bond b/w the Heng and Xiao Sa, and I hope he makes good on his thought to adopt her. She's earned a home.

mercedes g.
mercedes Gallego5 years ago


Anneke Andries
Anneke Andries5 years ago

he better....! Amazing creature she is!!!

Sheri D.
Sheri D5 years ago

I hope Zhang was able to keep her.