Muscular Dystrophy Victim Maickel Melamed Finishes Boston Marathon
Maickel Melamed, a motivational speaker born with a rare form of muscular dystrophy, is the last person to cross the Boston Marathon finish line. In an amazing feat, he finished the race at roughly 5 am, 20 hours after his race began.
What is even more amazing is how this is his fifth marathon: he previously ran Berlin, Chicago, New York and Tokyo. But Boston will be his last one and he finished with it for a specific reason: he was brought to the Boston Children’s Hospital as a kid, which saved his life.
The craziest portion of this incredibly motivating tale were the conditions that he had to push through: heavy rain and wind with the occasional thunder storm. “The wind, the rain, the distance, the cold, everything today was overcome,” Melamed told reporters at the finish line.
For a man with a condition that several limits his mobility to finish a marathon, it truly shows anything is possible with the right mindset.