The woman in the video is Devon Bieling, a registered nurse from Atlanta. She was at the end of the marathon when her body gave up and she collapsed. Unable to stand up but unwilling to give up, she began crawling on the rocky track. But after 3-4 feet, the gravel cut her knees and she collapsed again in agony. But her journey was far from over. Moments later, she began rolling towards the finishing line. Crowds cheered for the determined runner as she belly-rolled across the finishing line.
The video shot by an onlooker near the finishing line went viral. Watch it here:
It was a friend who brought Ms Beiling's attention to the video. The response, she says, has moved her.
"I read the comments and so many people were so nice and said they were inspired and knew they could do something hard in their life. I couldn't believe it," she told NDTV.
"I've decided the best way to describe this is "Fall seven times, stand up eight"... but if you can't stand, crawl...and if crawling hurts, you remember Kona videos asap and you roll your ass to a BQ!!" she wrote in the post.
Ms Beiling finished the race in 3 hours, 34 minutes and 2 seconds. The reason that kept her going towards the finishing line was to qualify for Boston Marathon, the cut off for which is 3 hours, 35 minutes. Ms Beiling has submitted her time to take part in the coveted marathon and is waiting for their response. She says she's "thankful" for the response she got for the video and even if she doesn't make it to Boston Marathon, it's fine.
"This was able to touch people who needed motivation or hope when they may feel like they had none left. I've been there and I'm glad it's turned into a positive news story amidst all the sadness and hate we see everyday!" says Ms Beiling who began running in 2009 but was forced to take a break after a car accident. Click for more trending news
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