Determined Marathon Runner Collapses, Crawls to Finish Line
The power of the human spirit was on full display last weekend in the Lone Star State.
Kenya’s Hyvon Ngetich crawled to the finish line at the Austin Marathon and Half Marathon after her body gave out with 50 meters to go, despite leading most of the race.
Ngetich would not take a wheelchair being offered to her and continued on her knees, proving that, as an athlete, she may have a stronger will than anyone else you’ll see in 2015.
Marathon race director John Conley was blown away by her dedication and put his money where his mouth is once the race ended:
You ran the bravest race and crawled the bravest crawl I have ever seen in my life. You have earned much honor, and I am going to adjust your prize money, so you get the same prize money you would have gotten if you were second.”
Ngetich officially finished in third place, but it’s safe to say she will be remembered more than either of the top two runners.