Selfless High School Marathon Runner Helps Fallen Athlete Win The Race

Chandler Self had her sights set on the finish line when disaster struck. The marathon runner was about to be the first female finisher in the recent BMW Dallas Marathon, but her legs quit on her about 20 meters before she could reach her goal.

Ariana Luterman, a 17-year-old student from the Greenhill Academy was on her tail at the time, and she knew exactly what she had to do. As Yahoo shares, Luterman helped Self up and guided her towards the finish line.

Video of the emotional scene was quickly shared on social media, and it became a viral sensation in the blink of an eye.

“Here's the dramatic finish to the women's marathon at the @DallasMarathon. Chandler Self struggles across the finish line. Wow! Video via @wfaa,” shared one user.

Luterman has been receiving a ton of praise for her incredibly selfless act. She could’ve easily cruised to victory in the race, but the sight of a fallen competitor was way too much for her to look past.

Luterman took the struggling Self under her wing so to speak, and the pair hobbled to the finish line together - where Luterman graciously allowed Self to cross first. Self is still trying to wrap her head around exactly what happened.

“I saw the finish, I knew I was gonna win,” she explained. “I couldn’t wait to get there; I was on Cloud 9 — and then all of a sudden, my legs gave out from underneath me. I tried to will my legs to go, but just couldn’t.”

Luterman is deflecting praise for her remarkable deed. As she sees it, she was just doing what was right based on the situation at hand. Training so hard for a race such as a marathon is rather grueling, and it can be downright heartbreaking to fail to reach your ultimate goal when you're so close to the finish line.

There was a way for her to make sure that wasn’t going to happen to Self and see a fellow runners world rocked by a situation that was beyond her control.

“I thought she had tripped. She went down again and again. The last time she went down, she was about 20 meters from the finish line. I was worried she wasn’t going to make it to the end,” she explains. “There’s only so much clapping and cheering you can do. I’m really not anything special. Any other of the members on the relay team, I know for a fact they would have done the same thing.”

We’ll trust Luterman when she says that any of her teammates would’ve done the same, and that’s a testament to the team as a whole. In the cutthroat world of athletic competition, there’s not too much room for selfless acts. Perhaps Luterman has helped to demonstrate that there is.

There are things that are way more important than winning, and Luterman walks away as a massive winner regardless of where she finished in the race.

For Self, it’s a dream come true to finish first in such a tough race, even though it’s not quite how she envisioned her moment in the sun finally taking place.

“My dad never cries, and he had tears in his eyes,” she noted.

Source: Yahoo
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