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Marine Helps 9-Year-Old Finish 5K

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Aug. 5, 2013
  • Updated Aug. 5, 2013 at 9:50 AM UTC

Lance Corporal Kerr’s act of kindness has made him an overnight hero.

Serving is what it’s all about to be in the military, but for Marine Lance Corporal Myles Kerr, the concept of helping others has taken on a deeper meaning. According to The Guardian, Kerr has become a recent Internet sensation for helping 9-year-old Boden Fuchs finish a 5K.

The Marine, who was home in Michigan on leave, encountered the boy as he was struggling to keep up with a pack of runners.

Fuchs saw Lance Corporal Kerr and reportedly asked: “Sir, will you please run with me?”

The Marine, who has been trained to never leave a comrade behind, obliged and encouraged Fuchs to finish the race. In fact, the results show that Kerr even came in behind Fuchs.

People are calling the Marine a “true hero” and “role model.” Fuchs’ parents rewarded Kerr with a $100 voucher to a local restaurant in Charlevoix, Mich., where the race was being held.

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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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