NYC Marathon: Runner falls 1/10th of a mile before finish line, strangers help him finish

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While the New York City Marathon is highly competitive for the top athletes, for the rest of the 33,000-strong field, it’s simply one of the greatest fun runs in the world.

But covering 26.2 miles of city streets is no walk in the park, and every year some competitors can’t quite make it.

This year, one man was almost among them when he ran out of gas just 200-meters from the finish line. But in the true spirit of sportsmanship, two complete strangers refused to let him fail.

Though surely exhausted themselves, these Good Samaritans picked him up and supported him as he stumbled to the finish line to the roar of the appreciative crowd.

The iconic race returned November 7 after being cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns in 2020.

Peres Jepchirchir and Albert Korir, both Kenyan, won the Women’s and Men’s Professional Open Divisions, respectively.

Madison de Rozario of Australia and Marcel Hug of Switzerland each took gold in the Women’s and Men’s Professional Wheelchair Division.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Watch an incredible moment of sportsmanship at New York City Marathon