Wimberley runner Mitch Kies helps runner to Boston Marathon finish

Jim Driscoll, left, of Ambler, Penn., and Mitch Kies, right, of Wimberley, Texas, help a runner across the finish line of the 120th Boston Marathon on Monday, April 18, 2016, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Jim Driscoll, left, of Ambler, Penn., and Mitch Kies, right, of Wimberley, Texas, help a runner across the finish line of the 120th Boston Marathon on Monday, April 18, 2016, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

 

Photos of a Wimberley runner helping another athlete across the finish line of Monday’s Boston Marathon went viral this week.

The story behind the scene got some attention in Runners World magazine, too.

Mitch Kies of Wimberley noticed Ari Ofsevit stagger and collapse about 100 yards from the finish of the grueling, 26.2-mile race. Kies and another runner helped carry him across the finish line. As Runner’s World recounted:

Kies first tried verbal encouragement to get Ofsevit up, but when it became clear he needed help, Kies hoisted him to his feet, thinking Ofsevit could then make it to the finish on his own. When that didn’t work, Kies began trying to pull Ofsevit along. “At that point, you’ve gotta get the guy across the line,” Kies told Runner’s World by phone the day after the race. “He gave 110 percent; he put it all on the line.”

Ironically, Ofsevit was on the other side of a similar incident just last month, when he assisted someone struggling at a 20-mile race, according to Runners World.

Meb Keflezighi, the 2014 Boston Marathon champion, snapped a picture of Monday’s drama and posted it on Twitter. The photo went viral. Other photographers snapped the scene, too.

Ofsevit was taken to Tufts Medical Center with an internal temperature of 108.6 degrees, according to Runners World. He blacked out and was placed in an ice bath until his body temperature lowered.

Author: Pam LeBlanc

Pam LeBlanc writes about fitness and travel for the Austin American-Statesman. She has worked for the Statesman since 1998 and written her weekly fitness column, Fit City, since 2004.

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