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Marine helps 9-year-old cross finish line

2:11 PM, Aug 1, 2013   |    comments
Marine helps 9-year-old cross finish line
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By Chris Chase, USA TODAY Sports

A young boy running a 5K charity race in Charlevoix, Mich. was separated from his group and looking for someone to help him when he saw a young Marine running the race in boots, camouflage pants and a ruck sack.

"Sir, will you please run with me?" 9-year-old Boden Fuchs asked the 19-year-old Lance Cpl. Myles Kerr.

Kerr was happy to help - "I was just doing what what any man would do," he later tweeted - and ran the rest of the race with his new friend. He encouraged Boden all the way to the finish line and let him cross first. Then, Kerr helped Boden reunite with his party.

All the while, Kerr's Marine buddies were wondering where he went. They had finished minutes earlier and worried Kerr had become injured during the race. When they went to look for him, they saw him rounding the final corner and urging Boden to the end. The accompanying picture has become a viral sensation, garnering over 200,000 likes on Facebook.


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