Man With Rare Disease Finishes Boston Marathon 20 Hours After Starting It

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photo courtesy of michael blanchard photography Man With Rare Disease Finishes Boston Marathon 20 Hours After Starting It

The Boston Marathon on Monday was absolutely smashed by Lelisa Desisa from Ethopia who managed to finish the gruelling course in just 2 hours 9 minutes.

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Two years previously, Lelisa triumphed again, but moments after his win two bombs ripped through the crowds at the finish line causing one of the most horrific incidents the city has seen.

So the 2015 marathon was an emotional day for all, as was last year. But this year, it was especially emotional for one man who goes by the name of Maickel Melamed – an extremely determined Boston local with Muscular Dystrophy.

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Because while most of the race runners slept after completing it earlier in the day, Maickel was still going under the street lights and pouring rain. He finally crossed the finish line nearly 20 hours after starting the race – but this didn’t deter the overwhelming support he received at the finish line.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVRyx-yQ7wI

Melamed was born with a rare muscular condition that makes moving very difficult, but this hasn’t stopped him from completing five marathons in the past.

This one, however, will be his last. And what a way to do it. Inspirational stuff.

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