Hyvon Ngetich wasn’t going to give up.
At the 23-mile mark of the 2015 Austin Marathon and Half Marathon on Sunday, Ngetich was the leading female runner.
As the 29-year-old Kenyan woman neared the finish line, however, her body gave out. She collapsed from exhaustion.
Race volunteers rushed to her side with a wheelchair, but she refused. Instead, Ngetich finished the race on all fours, crawling across the finish line.
“For the last two kilometres, I don’t remember. Finish line, I don’t remember,” Ngetich told CBS affiliate KEYE-TV.
Even with the physical setback, she was the third woman to cross the finish line.
“You ran the bravest race and crawled the bravest crawl I have ever seen in my life,” Austin Marathon race director John Conley said to her after the race.
“You have earned much honour, and I am going to adjust your prize money, so you get the same prize money you would have gotten if you were second.”
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