A Marine from Ohio crawled across the Boston Marathon finish line Monday, after his legs “locked up” near mile 22, according to the Record-Courier.
Micah Herndon ran the 123rd marathon in honor of his three friends who died in a bombing in Afghanistan. While deployed Herndon survived a IED attack on two of the vehicles in his convoy. His friends Mark Juarez and Matthew Ballard, along with Rupert Hamer, a British journalist who was under the protection of Herndon’s division, according to the newspaper.
An explosive device hit Herndon’s vehicle but didn’t fully detonate, saving his life.
After returning home he started running as a way of coping with his PTSD and survivor’s guilty, according to the newspaper.
“I run in honor of them,” Herndon told the newspaper. “They are not here anymore. I am here, and I am able. I am lucky to still have all my limbs. I can still be active. I find fuel in the simple idea that I can run. Some cannot. I feel like if I am not running, then I am doing something wrong with my life.”
He continued: “If I get a heat cramp while running or my feet hurt or I am getting exhausted, I just keep saying their names out loud to myself. They went through much worse, so I run for them and their families.”
And so on Monday when his legs locked up at mile 22 he repeated his friends’ names “Juarez, Ballard, Hamer” and crawled to Copley Square, according to the newspaper.
He made it across the finish line on his hands and knees- to deafening cheers on Boylston Street — in just under three hours and 40 minutes. After he crossed the finish line he was lifted into a wheelchair and received medical attention, WBZ reports.
“The pain that I was going through is nothing compared to the pain that they went through,” Herndon told WBZ.
He plans to run another marathon soon, according to the television station.
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