Running a marathon is haaaard, especially when you get to that point where every part of your body is screaming, “Quit! Quit! Quit!” But a Kenyan runner’s was able to block all of that out and finish a 26-mile marathon in one of the most heroic and inspiring ways ever — by crawling on her knees.
This weekend, 29-year-old marathoner Hyvon Ngetich was leading the pack at the 2015 Austin Marathon when her body just couldn’t take it anymore. Just as she was closing in on the finish line after running non-stop for over 2 1/2 hours, Hyvon’s body started failing, but not her spirit!
With pure mental strength and sheer determination, the Kenyan runner got on all fours and began CRAWLING her way towards the finish line. Race volunteers tried to help Hyvon but she rejected the wheelchair they brought out for her and proceeded to crawl the rest of the way, bloody knees and all!
In an interview with a local station after the race, Hyvon said she doesn’t even remember the last mile of the race or when she crossed the line. And as for how she was able to push through?
Running, always, you have to keep going, going, going.
And that she did!
Watch the incredible video below!
Amazingly, Hyvon still came in third place and was awarded the same prize money she would’ve won had she came in second.