Man with Muscular Dystrophy Finishes Boston Marathon
39-year-old took 20 hours
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The last person to finish the Boston Marathon did so just after 4 a.m. on Tuesday, nearly 20 hours after beginning the race, the Boston Globe reports.
Venezuelan Maickel Melamed, who has muscular dystrophy, battled torrential downpours and high winds for the last few miles. Melamed’s form of muscular dystrophy severely impairs his movement.
Melamed finished the race in front of a throng of cheering supporters. The Boston Athletic Association will present him with a medal, Melina Schuler, a spokesperson from Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s office, told the Boston Globe.
Melamed has participated in marathons in New York, Chicago, Berlin, and Tokyo. He said Boston is special to him because it’s where his parents took him for treatment as a child.