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Injured Veteran Finishes Marine Corps Marathon

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Nov. 2, 2010
  • Updated Nov. 2, 2010 at 7:18 AM UTC
Sgt. Ryan Crosses The Finish Line: A Dream Come True. Photo: Times Herald-Record

Sgt. Ryan Crosses The Finish Line: A Dream Come True. Photo: Times Herald-Record

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.”

For More: Times Herald-Record

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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