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.
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:
Runner gave out near 26 mile mark, right by the site where 1st bomb went off. 1 guy stopped to help, then another pic.twitter.com/gcwMxpssdK— Wesley Lowery (@WesleyLowery) April 21, 2014
But his legs just couldn't do it. The group struggled a few feet. Another man stopped to help, and a woman pic.twitter.com/nM8FGP9Vgx— Wesley Lowery (@WesleyLowery) April 21, 2014
Determined, the two new saviors lifted his legs. He had just a few hundred feet to go. They would get him there pic.twitter.com/5tXvNyDGUJ— Wesley Lowery (@WesleyLowery) April 21, 2014
The crowd exploded into loudest cheer I've heard today. Walking, then jogging, they all, all 5, finished the race pic.twitter.com/HE4QJnh35L— Wesley Lowery (@WesleyLowery) April 21, 2014
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.