12 December, 2017
Chandler Self was leading the women's division of the BMW Dallas Marathon on 10 December when she began to collapse 200 yards from victory.
Self fell down several times and was helped to the finish line by Ariana Luterman, a high school student.
Luterman, of the Dallas suburb Addison, was running the final two miles of the race with Self, a psychiatrist from NY, as part of a relay team with her elite high school, the Greenhill Academy.
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"She said 'OK, sounds good, ' but I think she was confused". However 17-year-old Ariana Luterman, who was completing the course as part of a relay team, then carried her along the final stretch. "My running buddies are going to make so much fun of me", Self joked.
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At the end, Self lunged forward, grabbing at the finish tape with her hand, as Luterman steadied her. Marathon staff immediately helped Self into a wheelchair after her win, but she was upbeat.
"In this situation, the executive race committee got together and reviewed the results and are deeming [Self] the female marathon victor. Even if she hadn't had assistance, she still would have gotten first", said the marathon's executive director Marcus Grunewald.
The race's female runner-up, Caitlin Keen of Fort Worth, finished almost three minutes behind, at in 2:56:37.
"I can honestly tell you, it's quite unexpected". She said: "I understand someone could probably have a complaint about that".
He said the race committee reviewed the results and deemed Self the victor, despite receiving help from Luterman.