Micah Herndon, a Marine who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, crawled through the final line of the Boston Marathon on Monday.
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A Marine who ran the Boston Marathon in honor of the three men he served, crawled across the finish line on Monday when his body almost gave up, but his mind did not.
Micah Herndon, 31, ran the race in 3 hours and 38 minutes, according to the results of the race. But to reach that mark, he had to physically drag his body on the pavement to finish the race.
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Herndon, of Ohio, served in several deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Record-Courier reported. During a tour in Afghanistan in 2010, three people I was with were killed when they were attacked by an IED.
Marines Mark Juarez and Matthew Ballard, and Rupert Hamer, British journalist, died. He said he ran the Boston Marathon on Sunday for them.
"I run in honor of them. They are not here anymore. I'm here and I can, "Herndon told the news agency. I'm lucky to have all my limbs. I can still be active. I find fuel in the simple idea that I can run. Some can not. "
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He said that despite his little difficulties, whether his feet ached or he was tired of running, he reminds himself why he continues, in the true form of "Semper Fi".
"I keep saying their names out loud to myself, they went through something much worse, so I run for them and their families."
In a Facebook post, Herndon shared a photo of a pair of orange Nike shoes, but with a sentimental detail: three small golden plates with the names of Juarez, Ballard and Hamer are interwoven with the laces. The plates reminded Herndon of why he keeps running.
The videos posted online Monday show that Herndon kept his word. Near the end, he crawled to the finish line, finishing the race 11,334 in total.