Runners Helping Runners on Marathon Monday

A runner stopped to help a fallen competitor near the marathon finish line.
A runner stopped to help a fallen competitor near the marathon finish line.
Steve Safran for Boston.com

After 26 miles, many Boston Marathon runners are physically exhausted. It’s not uncommon to see competitors stop or fall just yards from the finish line. And often those runners get help from others in the field.

Boston.com reporter Steve Safran captured the above photos of a fallen runner, and a competitor helping him back on his feet. The exchange happened just 50 yards from the finish line.

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A spectator captured video of a dramatic scene as four runners helped a competitor across the finish line:

On Twitter, Washington Post political reporter Wesley Lowery captured images of the same scene:

CLARIFICATION: An earlier version of this story indicated that the assisted runner was carried over the Marathon finish line. He walked across the finish line, assisted by other runners.