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Nice Guys Really Do Finish Last

17 Mar

This 5K happened last summer, but the hero is awesome and the story is timeless.  It takes a very special kind of person to let go of striving to win, right smack in the middle of a competition, in order to look after a kid.  Check this out. Here’s the piece from the Huffington Post.

While running in The Jeff Drench Memorial 5K in Charlevoix, Mich., Lance Corporal Myles Kerr stopped to help out a young boy struggling to finish the race. Kerr, 19, put aside his ambition to beat his fellow Marines and instead helped motivate 9 year-old Brandon Fuchs, who lost his party during the race, to make it to the finish line.

According to the 5K results online, the Marine ended up with the slowest time in his age group.

Now, thousands of social media users are celebrating his act of kindness after Seals Of Honor, a Facebook group commemorating the life of Navy Lt. Michael P. Murphy who died fighting in Afghanistan, posted a photo of Kerr and Fuchs running together.

For the 5k at the Venetian Festival in Charlevoix, LCpl Kerr opted to run the event wearing boots and utes and carrying a rucksack. Several minutes after the other Marines he was with had finished, LCpl Kerr still had not crossed the line. They feared his extreme level of motivation may have caused him injury and/or fatigue resulting in him dropping out of the race.

Moments before they ran back through the course to recover their fellow Marine, LCpl Kerr came around the last turn along with this small boy. The boy had become separated from those who he had started the race with. He asked LCpl Kerr, “Sir? Will you please run with me?"
 
Throughout the course, LCpl Kerr urged him on when the boy wanted to give up and ensured that the boy saw the course to completion, where he was reunited with his party.
 
By his unwavering commitment to help those in need, and through his ability to inspire others by his unequivocal level of motivation, LCpl Kerr reflected great credit upon himself and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Marine Corps.

Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award