Dallas Marathon women's victor gets a helping hand at finish line

Dallas Marathon women's victor gets a helping hand at finish line

There's been a lot of buzz about what happened at the finish line of the BMW Dallas Marathon.

That's when a high school student who was running the race as a relay stepped beside her.

Incidentally, administrators of the non-elite race did deliberate before giving Self the victory, ruling that she would have won even if she hadn't received assistance.

Self began collapsing over the final half-mile an it took a warm gesture of sportsmanship from a fellow runner for her to cross the finish line.

But we'd say both Self and Luterman were winners. This is the second marathon win of her career.

Watch a young runner help struggling woman finish — and win — Dallas Marathon

"I was thinking mind over matter, c'mon let's do this", Self told the ABC affiliate in Dallas.

"Right when I caught up with her at the [relay team's] 21/2-mile mark, I told her: 'Just so you know, the high school relay is out here to compete with you guys".

After self was treated by marathon staff, she returned for post race interviews and recalled Luterman telling her: "You can do it". "But when I got to that point, I was like no I want this".

Her unofficial time was 2:53:58, ahead of Caitlin Keen, a former SMU runner and volunteer assistant cross-country coach at TCU, finished 2:56.38.

"I knew that my family was there at the finish line, and I knew they were waiting for me", she said. "Right when we got to the finish line, I just kind of pushed her in front of me so she would be the one to cross that line". She was leading the women's marathon field by several minutes when her legs gave out, WFAA reported.


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