In a supreme act of sportsmanship, a participant in the BMW Dallas Marathon in downtown Dallas, Texas, came to the rescue of a fellow runner as she almost collapsed just yards away from the finish line.
Chandler Self, 32, was in the final half-mile of the marathon when she almost collapsed from exhaustion. That was when 17-year-old Ariana Luterman, a high school runner at GreenHill Academy, approached her and helped her till the end.
As they were about to reach the finish line, Self collapsed once again but Luterman literally pushed her to the ribbon of the finish line so Self could grab it and win the race.
The heart-warming incident was captured on camera.
As soon as the race ended, Self was shifted onto a wheelchair. She finished the race in 2 hours, 53 minutes and 57 seconds and was declared the winner.
She might have come in second, but Luterman was hailed as a hero. She was praised for her sportsmanship as she could have easily beaten Self and won the race but instead ltimately helped Self till the end.
“The only thing I could think of to do was to pick her up, so I picked her up and I think she was a little confused at first. No way was I going to start sprinting and just leave her there. … You saw, those last 20 meters, she was just down and I was so worried she wasn’t going to make it. So I picked her up with all my might. Right when we got to the finish line, I just kind of pushed her in front of me so she would be the one to cross that line,” said Luterman.
Self also appreciated Luterman’s effort.
“I was thinking mind over matter, c’mon let’s do this. She [Luterman] was so encouraging,” she said.
So incredibly proud to see @GreenhillSchool Ariana Luterman '18 display this kind of character and kindness at @DallasMarathon ??#honor #respect #compassion @GreenhillATH Incredible. https://t.co/FrdibIsmg3— Meaningful Minds ??????? (@MeaningfulMindx) December 10, 2017
Amazing Great job Ariana. Very inspiring. Helping others rather than hurting others. https://t.co/EWTez5SX0E— Chris Urbanski (@Urbs23) December 12, 2017
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