Dog High Fives Runners at New York Marathon

April Livingston | November 11th, 2017

As anyone who has run a marathon will tell you, support from the crowd is an incredible way to boost your mood while struggling through the long miles of the race. Typically there are hundreds of spectators that line the roads during a race, offering runners moral support with cheers, handmade signs, and perhaps a high five or two. But during the recent New York City Marathon, one dog made a big impression on runners by giving them just the support they needed during the race.

Jenny McCoy//Facebook

The dog, whose name is Marty, offered runners a high five with his paws. The dog, which is a Lab-beagle mix, was there as his very first marathon. Marty, according to his owners Jenny McCoy and Guilherme de Oliveira, just loves to be around people. So, taking him to the marathon seemed like a no brainer for them. Rather than simply sitting and watching the runners go by, he stood on his hind legs and gave out some high fives with some support from Guilherme. Marty’s life is wonderful these days, thanks to his owners, but things did not start out that way.

Jenny McCoy//Facebook

Marty was originally in Texas as a young puppy. He was rescued by Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue and brought to New York via airplane. Marty was a dog that the couple originally saw on the rescue group’s social media feeds and they instantly fell in love with his sweet face and floppy paws—and his spunky personality. While he was a bit shy or timid at first, eventually he came out of his shell and is quite the people “person” on the streets of New York. As for the New York Marathon, his viral fame from his high fives just might turn into an annual tradition for the race, thanks to it being such a big hit.

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