Marine running Boston Marathon for fallen comrades crawls across finish line

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Marine who ran the Boston Marathon in honor of three men he served alongside crawledacross the finish line on Monday as his body almost gave up — but his mind didn’t.

Micah Herndon, 31, ran the race in 3 hours and 38 minutes, according to race results. But to hit that mark, he had to physically drag his body along the pavement to finish the race.

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Herndon, of Ohio, served several deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Record-Courierreported. During a tour in Afghanistan in 2010, three people he was with were killed when they were targeted by an IED.

Marines Mark Juarez and Matthew Ballard, and Rupert Hamer, a 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 am here, and I am able,” Herndon told the news outlet. “I am lucky to still have all my limbs. I can still be active. I find fuel in the simple idea that I can run. Some cannot.” – READ MORE

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