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

(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.

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Oct 14, 2013 10:56 PM CDT
He must have known Ernest Hemingway - his description of "guts' . . . being "grace under pressure" aptly Mr. Melamed. Godd for him, and good news for a change!
Oct 14, 2013 9:42 PM CDT
Maickel Melamed, you are what the human spirit should stand for....never give up never surrender...good for you.
Oct 14, 2013 7:44 PM CDT
Good for him! I can't even run anymore!