Sean Kachmarski knew he would come in last place before he even started the Edmonton Marathon in 2016. He had only attempted one full marathon before, and he’d had to stop before the end because he ran too slowly. At his family’s prompting, he decided to try one more time, but by mile 10, he was already exhausted.
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Rene Wache was volunteering at a water stand when he noticed Sean struggling. Thinking the runner just needed some motivation to get moving again, Rene began to jog alongside him. “You can do this, Sean!” he said. “Someone is so proud of you! You’ve got this.”
The volunteer never planned to run all the way to the finish line with Sean, but that’s exactly what he did. For the next 4 miles, Rene encouraged him to keep going. By the end of the marathon, even the race announcers and local police had joined in to keep Sean moving forward!
Sean’s cousin captured the final 100 yards when Sean crossed the finish line with a time of 7:07:23. The first thing he did was give his personal cheerleader a huge hug!
Sometimes we all need a little encouragement to help us on our way! See Sean and Rene’s heartwarming finish in the video below, and don’t forget to share this story with a friend.
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