29 Mar '17, 1pm

Good Samaritans Help Struggling Half Marathoner Reach the Finish

Good Samaritans Help Struggling Half Marathoner Reach the Finish

Then, with about 100 yards to go, Crnkovic and McGinty came upon 21-year-old Haley Klinger, a junior at Messiah College majoring in nutrition. Klinger, who played field hockey for Indiana University of Pennsylvania before transferring to Messiah, was running her first half marathon. She had started to feel weak and lightheaded around miles 11 and 12 but didn’t want to quit. Near the finish line, her legs started to give. “When I felt my body slowing down in the last mile I was still determined to cross the line and finish, but my legs kept buckling,” Klinger said. “I just hit a wall that I didn't know I had.” Crnkovic, on Klinger’s right, took her arm to offer support. Another man, Keith McAuliffe, did the same on her left. Klinger, feeling an adrenaline rush, pressed toward the finish for a few more yards. McGinty, who had run a few steps ahead, turned back, hoping she’d ...

Full article: http://www.runnersworld.com/newswire/good-samaritans-help...

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