Victory for Man Who Came Last in Chicago Marathon

Has muscular dystrophy, finished race in 17 hours

By Ruth Brown,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 14, 2013 4:15 PM CDT

(Newser) – The Chicago Marathon last place getter may also be its biggest winner. Maickel Melamed, 38, is battling muscular dystrophy, but still managed to finish the entire race with a time of 16 hours and 46 minutes. The Venezuelan crossed the finish line at 1am this morning, surrounded by 100 people, NBC Chicago reports. "My message is: If you dream it, make it happen," he said afterwards. "Your life is the most beautiful thing that could happen to you. Make the best with that, and share the best of that." Melamed has also run the New York and Berlin marathons, reports the Chicago Tribune, and plans to tackle Tokyo and Boston next.

Runners participate in the Chicago Marathon in Chicago.
Runners participate in the Chicago Marathon in Chicago.   (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
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