This Marine vet dragged himself across the Boston Marathon finish line after his legs gave out.
31-year-old Micah Herndon served several deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2010, his Marine comrades Matthew Ballard and Mark Juarez and his friend British journalist Rupert Hamer were killed by an IED in Afghanistan. His fallen comrades’ names were printed on the back of his race bib and engraved into plates affixed to his shoes.
“I am lucky to still have all my limbs. I can still be active,” he stated to the record-courier. “I find fuel in the simple idea that I can run. Some cannot.”
For most of the race, Herndon was on track to finish in under three hours, but he said he started feeling pain in his Achilles tendon after roughly 20 miles, and the pain moved up his legs until it became overwhelming. He eventually dropped to his hands and knees. He said he repeated the names of his fallen comrades to keep him going.
“I say their last names out loud. I just repeat, ‘Ballard, Hamer, Juarez, Ballard, Hamer, Juarez,’” he explained.
As of Monday, Herndon said he was still recovering from the race but that he’d be back running soon.