Marathon Runner Crawls to Finish as Body Gives Out

Hyvon Ngetich completed the Austin Marathon through sheer will
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 18, 2015 9:21 AM CST

Hyvon Ngetich was leading the elite women's racing group at the 23-mile mark of Sunday's Austin Marathon in Texas, but as she got closer to the finish, her body said "No more," KeyeTV reports. But the 29-year-old wasn't about to give up so close to the end (she was two-tenths of a mile from the finish), so, with race organizers pushing a wheelchair behind her, she crawled her way to the finish line, having to stop at least once to regain her strength, the Telegraph reports.

Ngetich's dramatic finish earned her third place for women. "You ran the bravest race and crawled the bravest crawl I have ever seen in my life," the race's director told her after the race, per KeyeTV. "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." (Women are said to be better than men at pacing themselves in marathons.)

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