The 2019 Boston Marathon concluded on Monday with the closest finish in the men’s race since 1988 which saw an all-out sprint to the finish between 2-time champion Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia and Kenya’s Lawrence Cherono running his first Boston Marathon. Lawrence managed to hold off the 2-time champ and finish a mere two seconds ahead with a 26.2-mile time of 2:07:57.
If you haven’t seen that clip of the dead sprint to the finish you can find it here but not before you watch this incredibly inspiring moment from U.S. Marine Micah Herndon. Micah served in Afghanistan, and he was running this year’s marathon to pay tribute to three soldiers he served alongside who lost their lives.
“I run in honor of them,” Herndon said. “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.
“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.” (via Record-Courier)
I cannot even begin to comprehend the level of motivation that comes with running to pay tribute to your fallen brothers but I can tell you this clip of Micah Herndon crawling to the finish in the 2019 Boston Marathon after his exhausted body gave out will give you chills.
Nothing was going to stop Micah from crossing that finish line. He’d tied the last times of those fallen soldiers to his laces and they spurred him on to make it across.
After finishing with an impressive time of 3:38 and crawling across the finish, Micah vowed that he’d run the race again as a tribute and finish with a better time in his next race. If you’re looking for motivation in life then look no further than this. His body literally gave out and he crawled his way across the finish with every last ounce of strength left in him.
For more on Micah’s inspiring story, you can click here to visit the Record-Courier’s website.