It takes courage to participate in a marathon and great determination and resilience to finish one. Marathon legend Paul Tergat has spoken of the pain athletes exert themselves through to hit leading times but this lady epitomizes the never say die spirit.
At the Austin marathon in which she led most of the time, Hyvon Ng’etich started to have diffuclties with two kilometers to go but she kept on stumbling along the way. With just about 50 meters left she could not hold on any longer as she collapsed but instead of giving up she crawled all the way to the finishing line amid encouragement from the crowd that was left amazed by her strength and spirit. A nurse was at hand with a wheel chair in case she was overwhelmed but could not assist her as this would have disqualified the athlete.
The race was won by another Kenyan, in 2:54:22 and an American Hannah Steffan who passed Hyvon just as she was about to cross the finishing line came in second. The race director John Conley, amazed at her feat awarded her the same prize money she would have won had she come in second before her body gave up.
This is what he had to say “You ran the bravest race and crawled the bravest crawl I have ever seen in my life. You have earned much honor, and I am going to adjust your prize money, so you get the same prize money you would have gotten if you were second.”
Hers is a story that will make you shed a tear and be proud you share the same country as such even in the darkness of divisive politics. Check out the video below courtesy of CBS