Last Two in New York Marathon Finish Together at 9.5 Hours


Gena Wilson and Cedric King have a few things in common. They finished the New York Marathon together at the same time and both of them are lucky to be alive to do so.

Sergio Lins Andrade reported that Gena Wilson was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma several years ago. Since then she has gone through having part of her spine removed as well as being told that the cancer had traveled to her brain. In 2013 doctors told her that she was dying. But she didn’t. Instead she persevered. She began to walk marathons. The New York Marathon this year wasn’t her first but it was her most difficult. She faced freezing temperatures and strong winds. She found herself in dead last but determined to finish.

Cedric King is a veteran of the Army and lost both of his legs when he stepped on an IED in Afghanistan. King received prosthetics, including a set of running prosthetics. He began to build up his endurance to show people what he could be capable of. In less than 2 years after receiving his prosthetics he finished the Boston Marathon.

Like Wilson, King thought he was in dead last. Instead, the 2 found each other at mile 25 and gathered the strength to finish together, arm in arm.

Check out the full story at New York Mag. It is really a good read and shows how much one person can help another.

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