Chandler Self had hit the wall in the Dallas Marathon on Sunday when she got a literal pick-me-up.
Self says her legs had never given out before and she's not really sure what happened, but she's going to investigate. "Then at Mile 25.5, they turned to Jell-O so much that every step I took, they were giving out from under me".
"I saw the finish, I knew I was gonna win", Self tells Yahoo Lifestyle. I couldn't even cross it. "I slapped it down", she added, in conversation with Dallas Morning News.
"The only thing I could think of to do was to pick her up, so I picked her up and I think she was a little confused at first", Luterman, 17, said in the Twitter video below.
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The verdict appears to be that, yes, she did.
Marathon executive director Marcus Grunewald said runners can't receive help from spectators, race officials or medical staff during the run, but "another participant is a gray zone". "We've looked at the distance between her and the following four finishers. As soon as we got to the finish line, I pushed her out in front of me so she could cross the tape before I did". Runner-up Caitlin Keen said she had no complaint with the result.
Anxious about breaking the rules, which suggest that runners may not have help during a race, Self had tried to motion for Luterman to stop, but Luterman figured it was OK, since she was a fellow runner. Pierce is head of cross country at McKinney Boyd High School. "I tried to will my legs to go, but just couldn't". You can be training years for a marathon.
While Luterman might not get a medal for her efforts, she's receiving a lot of credit and appreciation from the sports world in the wake of her selfless gesture.