It was just unlucky that Caitlin Keen ran alone on the Fort Worth Trinity trails Sunday morning, leaving her without an ally to immediately ward off the dog who had attacked her.
After signing up seven miles earlier this morning, Keen was supposed to meet some more friends. But her friend was late, and Keen set out to collect a few more miles to fill the time. After half of the session, the dog appeared.
The dog, a pitbull mix, ran up to her, jumped up and bit her arm, said Keen Runner's World . She shook it off and ran away, but could not move fast enough. The dog pursued and clung to her back and pulled her down. With the strength left, Keen tried to kick the dog's head, but he bit his back again and pinched her.
"I finally shouted so loud that a woman ran on the trail of a big rock, and that drove him away," said Keen.
The woman threw more stones at the dog's dog and stopped chasing them until a man came in with two of his own leashed dogs, and immediately, Keen said, the pitbull mixture became calm and friendly around the other two dogs so that the man could grab the collar and subdue it.
Sequence called the man 91
According to City of Fort Worth spokeswoman Diane Covey, a homeless man owns the dog whose dog's name is Taco. The dog had no history of human offenses and was up to date on its rabies vaccine, Covey told Runner's World .
"She was traveling with her friends, the dog was taken off the leash and ran like dogs," said Covey.
Covey said Taco had just been kind and gentle with animal control staff, a characterization that frightens Keen.
"I almost thought that this dog would kill me, and that it's hard for me to be called happy and friendly," Keen said. "I do not think this is a safe animal, and if this woman does not live in a home in a safe environment … why would you continue to endanger people?"
Covey said Taco's owner was willing and cooperative with the authorities, but Keen said other residents of Fort Worth had spoken to her to say that they had already seen the woman with taco in the city, often unleashed , The city offered Runner's World no opportunity to contact the owner.
This is not the first time that Keen has received unwanted public attention. At Dallas Marathon 2017, the first of them, Keen took second place after New York psychiatrist Chandler Self (19459007), who made headlines when she stumbled across the finish line with the help of a close high school student. Keen was the runner-up, who refused to question the results, although some had criticized themselves for having received help on the course.
The two virus incidents distract attention from how good a runner Keen is. Keen came from Fort Worth and attended high school before entering track and cross country teams at Southern Methodist University in Dallas (19459006). There she helped SMU win six conference championships and received a full scholarship from her senior year. Since then, Keen, now 26 years old and full-time insurance broker, has completed three marathons: after Dallas, she won the Flying Pig Marathon of Cincinnati in May 2018 and then qualified for the 2020 2020 Olympics in Atlanta with the California International Marathon last December 2:42.
Keen is also part of Cowtown Elite, a group of women who train together – often on the same tracks where Keen grew up ("I've probably covered more miles on these routes than on my car") Aim to qualify for Atlanta. Three of these, including Keen, have already done so.
Although she admits that the attack has shaken her and she will need time to reset her, Keen has not adjusted her race goals: another victory at this year's Flying Pig in May with a score under 2:40 and a top 20 Finish in Atlanta in a year.
"This is definitely a track, but why not shoot for the moon?" Said Keen. "I have a completely different level of pain tolerance now, so maybe I'm going to surprise myself there."