A New York City marathon runner who appeared to collapse with just 200 meters to go was assisted across the finish line by strangers.
When a man in a black tank top looked to stumble near the finish line of the 26.2-mile marathon, two men each grabbed the arm of the struggling runner and hoisted him up as they walked together towards the finish line while other runners sped by.
A third man trailed behind to ensure that man wouldn’t fall backward.
The crowd in Central Park erupted in applause as they saw the historic event.
The Good News Movement posted a video of the inspiring event to Instagram, where it has received hundreds of thousands of likes.
“I was there!! We saw this and cried! It was EXTRAORDINARY. That loud ‘whoo’ was me I know it!! We were screaming ‘your time does not matter!!! He’s your brother. Pick him up!! Go go go!! The best moment” commented Stacie Handwerker.
Karly Sisco commented that she also witnessed the moment, writing: “I actually saw this. It was amazing to see everyone come together.”
“Why this is my favorite day of the year in NYC. Humanity at its best,” one person commented under the post.
Commentators praised everyone involved, calling them the “true” winners for their sportsmanship and humanity.
“And winners are these three!” one person commented.
It’s unknown what kind of injuries the athlete, who hasn’t been named, suffered.
The NYC Marathon celebrated its 50th event on Sunday, drawing over 30,000 athletes from across the globe, reported NY Post.
Two Kenyans were crowned the winners in the men’s and women’s races this year: Albert Korir, 27, crossed the finish line with a time of 2:08:22, while the women’s title went to Peres Jepchirchir, 28, who clocked 2:22:39.
Thousands of people cheered on the sidelines as the 30,000 runners completed the race, nearly 40% fewer than the usual 50,000.
The field was shrunk by about 40% this year to help keep runners distanced, and participants had to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours of race day.