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Ariana Luteman Helps Marathoner Chandler Self to Finish Line

By    |   Wednesday, 13 December 2017 12:35 PM

Ariana Luteman is being recognized for good sportsmanship in helping Chandler Self across the finish line to win the BMW Dallas Marathon on Sunday.

The high school runner participating in a marathon relay, came upon Self near the end of the race where she was stumbling in an attempt to finish the race. Self started collapsing in the last half-mile of the race, The Washington Post reported.

Luteman, who attends GreenHill Academy, helped Self to her feet several times over the final 200 yards, including across the finish line, per the Post. Those working the marathon immediately came to Self's aid once she crossed the finish line and placed her in a wheelchair.

Some captured the sportsmanship moment on social media.

"I knew she had to cross that finish line before me," Luteman said in a video posted on Twitter by Tommy Cummings, of the Dallas Morning News. "The only thing I could think of doing was to pick her up. So, I picked her up and I think she was a little confused at first. … No way I was going to start sprinting and leave her there."

Self, a Texas native living in New York, finished unofficially at 2:53.58 while second place Caitlin Keen, a former SMU runner and volunteer assistant cross-country coach at TCU, was timed at 2:56.38, the Post said.

A former runner at Texas A&M now working as a psychiatrist, Self told the Dallas Morning News that she saw the finish line but knew her body was breaking down.

"I couldn't even cross it," Self said about the final yards of the race, per the Morning News. "I had to touch it. I slapped it down.

"I'm not really sure what happened. My legs started turning to Jell-O at Mile 24 ... Then at Mile 25.5, they turned to Jell-O so much that every step I took, they were giving out from under me," she added.

Self, who was worried about the rules of receiving help in finishing the race, praised Luteman for her sportsmanship, the Morning News wrote.

"She is awesome," Self said of Luterman, per the newspaper. "From the moment she came up next to me at Mile 24, she said 'Hey, I'm here to help you. Let's rock this.' She's like, 'you've got this.' She said, 'you deserve this.'

"I was like 'Wow.' She's wise beyond her years. She's so sweet, so encouraging and kind of knew what I wanted to hear," Self added.

BMW Dallas Marathon executive director Marcus Grunewald said runners cannot receive any third-party assistance from a spectator, a race official or medical staff or anyone outside the race, but "another participant is a gray zone." He said the executive committee decided that Self would be named the winner of the race.

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