Marathoner Collapses, Painfully Crawls Across the Finish Line on All Fours

A Kenyan runner at the 2015 Austin Marathon made a dramatic finish that left onlookers stunned by her determination of spirit. Hyvon Ngetich, 29, was in second place to finish when she collapsed in sight of the finish line with only 50 meters left to go.

After leading the women runners for the majority of the race, the physical impact of the long-distance run left Ngetich’s body in a state of exhaustion as she neared completion, which led to her collapse.

In a heap on the ground, with her entire body completely drained of energy, it would have been understandable for Ngetich to accept medical assistance—even though that would mean disqualification.

However rather than quit, she determinedly began a slow, agonizingly painful crawl on all fours to the finish line, while a nurse and volunteers kept close by with a wheelchair at hand. She was forced multiple times to stop to catch her breath, but was encouraged by cheers from the awe-struck crowd.

“When she came around the corner on her hands and knees, I have never, in 43 years of being involved in the sport, seen a finish like that,” Race Director John Conley told Fox 7.

She crossed the finish line with a time of 3:04:02, just shy of the second place finish time of 3:03:69.

Conley called it the bravest race he had ever seen, and promised Ngetich that he would adjust her prize money. She will now receive the same amount that would have been due to her had she finished in second place.

According to reports, her valiant finish moved some bystanders to tears.