How awesome is this dude?!
Micah Herndon, a Marine from Tallmadge, Ohio, crawled to the end of the Boston Marathon finish line yesterday as he honored three fellow soldiers lost while servingin Afghanistan.
Herndon told reporters whenever he felt like giving up he would just repeat their names: Mark Juarez, Matthew Ballard and Rupert Hamer.
Herndon told the Record-Courier, "I run in honor of them. They are not here anymore. I am here, and I am able. 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."
Herndon crossed the finish line after three hours and 38 minutes of running. After completing the 26.2 mile marathon he was given medical attention.
Herndon said, "I feel like if I am not running, then I am doing something wrong with my life. If I get a heat cramp while running or my feet hurt or I am getting exhausted, I just keep saying their names out loud to myself. They went through much worse, so I run for them and their families."
He had the names of his fallen comrades engraved on dog tags which he wore on his running shoes.
Well done, brother. Thank you for your service.