While competing in a marathon in Thailand, runner Khemjira Klongsanun found an abandoned puppy on the side of the road and rather than leaving it behind, she carried it for the next 19-miles, crossing the finish line with the pup in her arms. She adopted it afterwards.
A man running an ultra-marathon was joined by a stray dog for more than 77 miles (125 km) through the Gobi Desert, but he lost track of the dog after the race. With help from 20 volunteers, he finally found the dog after a 2-week search, named him Gobi and brought him back to live in Edinburgh.
In 2017, a woman called Chau Smith ran seven marathons in seven consecutive days on seven continents in celebration of her 70th birthday.
A 22-year-old Mexican woman from local community Tarahumara won an ultramarathon (50km, which is 31 miles), wearing sandals. She didn’t have any professional gear, and her pair of sandals was reportedly made from recycled tyre rubber.
A survivor of Hiroshima’s atomic bombing went to Boston in 1951 and won the Marathon.