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‘We’re going to finish this race together’ Runner struggling in half marathon gets help from others

A woman who was identified as Haley Klinger got help when she was struggling near the end of a half marathon in Philadelphia.
A woman who was identified as Haley Klinger got help when she was struggling near the end of a half marathon in Philadelphia.

A half marathon is 13.1 miles, and if you’ve ever run that race, you know that sometimes that .1 can seem like it’s 13 miles.

One woman at Sunday’s Philadelphia Love Run Half Marathon had trouble finishing the race, and it appeared she might collapse. At first, another runner came to her aid, and then what appears to be a race official also helped. After the two helped her for a while, another man carried her to the finish line, which she was able to get across under her own power.

At races like this, there is first aid available on the course and at the finish line. I would imagine she was able to get help immediately after the race.

Here is video from Fox 29, which was shared on Facebook.

The Washington Post reported that the woman’s name is Haley Klinger, a 21-year-old student at Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, Pa.

The Post story says that the first runner to help Klinger is Bryan Crnkovic of Drexel Hill, Pa., and that Crnkovic’s friend Joseph McGinty of Philadelphia is the one who later carried Klinger to the finish line.

Klingler told the Post that when McGinty picked her up, he said, “We’re going to finish this race together.”

“I wasn’t completely aware of what was happening,” Klinger told the Post. “I really just wanted to finish the race — I just wanted to complete it and then sit down.”

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff

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