A marathon runner found a little puppy while competing in a marathon race, and the Finishing line was still 19 miles ahead.
Khemjira Klongsanun, 43, noticed other athletes dodging the dog seven miles in a 26-mile marathon in Ratchaburi, Western Thailand.
She slowed down to kneel on the side of the road and gently coax a trembling little Thai bangkaew breed dog to her.
With no homes or crowds nearby, she realized the puppy was lost or abandoned and said she feared it would struggle to survive in the wilderness. So she decided to take the dog with her and continue the race.
Khemjira took the dog and cradled him to check that he was safe, before, taking him with her and start running again, another 19 miles.
Heartfelt footage shows her running alongside a puppy clutched in her hand as fellow competitors smiled and expressed their shock.
At one point, she held the puppy differently so the audience could see it.
Khemjira Klongsanun,43 Marathon runner, ran the last 19 miles of the race with the puppy under her arm.
She saw several other athletes moving around the little puppy but decided to bend over and pick it up
She even crossed the finish line holding a dog.
She named the puppy Nong Chom after the district in Thailand where she was found.
Khemjira said, “I thought this little guy was lost. There were no houses, no other dogs, no people. So, I took a puppy from an unsafe situation.”
She tried to find the puppy’s owner when she crossed the finish line but was unsuccessful. She took it home and approached the owner again to speak, but there was no contact.
Nong Chom now joined a family with other dogs Khemjira other adults.
In its new home, the puppy is recovering.
No one was in touch, and she intends to keep the dog and is ‘happy to rescue him and ready to have him with two other dog members in the family.”
Khemjira said: “Running almost 20 miles holding the dog was a real obstacle. It was twice as tiring as a usual marathon, but I did it anyway just because it’s adorable.
“It took a long time to take a new dog for inspection, vaccinations, and treatment, but I am happy to rescue him and willing to have him with other dog members in the family.
“It may take some time for Nong Chom to adapt to the new family and two older dogs as well. But Nong Chom is a genius boy. I’m sure he’ll be happy to live with us.
Klongsanun may not have won the marathon, but her heroic actions mean she will always be the first place in Nong Chom’s heart!