She ran 19 miles with the puppy — and that was just the beginning. Khemjira Klongsanun is a running enthusiast from Bangkok, Thailand. Though she enjoys racing in competitions, Klongsanun knows some things are more important than setting a record time.
Last week, Klongsanun was participating in a local marathon when something caught her eye. There, about 7 miles into the 26-mile run, she spotted a tiny puppy on the roadside with no owner or mother in sight.
It takes months of training and dedication to prepare for a marathon. Everyone else was simply running around the dog, focused on completing the race. Klongsanun stopped when she saw the puppy and decided to rescue him. The tiny puppy was afraid and took some coaxing to come over to her. Afraid that he would not survive living alone on the streets, she scooped him up and continued running the marathon.
She completed the remaining 19 miles carrying the little pup under her arm. The heartwarming moment was captured on video with fellow runners touched by the kind gesture. At one point, she held the puppy up so onlookers could see the adorable little guy.
It was a marathon that she and many others would never forget. She manages to complete the full marathon with the docile puppy. As if the young man knew he was safe and kept following it. She crossed the finish line holding the puppy.
After completing the race, she continued to adopt the little boy. She named him Chombueng, after the marathon she rescued him. At first, she tried to find the original owner, but when no one advanced, she adopted him.
Chombueng now has a loving home that he shares with two other canines. Klongsanun told DailyMail, “Running almost 20 miles carrying dog was truly a challenge. It was two times tiring than a normal marathon but I did it anyway just because he is adorable.”
She went on to say, “It might take a while for him to adapt himself. But Chombueng is a very smart boy. I’m sure he is going to be happy living with us.”
Watch the touching moment in the video below.