The legless Marine crossed the line in 4:57 being pushed by former Marine Bryan Purcell.
Despite initial setbacks such as a broken electric lift and missing hand straps, the Marine duo managed to finish the marathon under five hours. “Running with Marines” has always been Sgt. Ryan’s dream.
Both Ryan and Purcell had trained for the event for six months. Purcell had seen Ryan on an HBO documentary about injured Iraqi War veterans and was inspired to help Ryan realize his dream, going as far as just showing up on Ryan’s doorstep and offering his support.
“We were all running like crazy,” Ryan recalled. “I was shouting ‘Make a hole, make a hole, make way,’ using my best cop voice.”
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