Micah Herndon, 31, ran the race in 3 hours and 38 minutes, according to race results. But to hit that mark, he had to physically drag his body along the pavement to finish the race.
Herndon served several deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan. During a tour in Afghanistan in 2010, two fellow Marines he served with were killed when they were targeted by an IED.Marines Mark Juarez and Matthew Ballard, and Rupert Hamer, a British journalist, died.
He said he ran the Boston Marathon on Sunday for them. Herndon said “I run in honor of them. They are not here anymore. I am here, and I am able.I am lucky to still have all my limbs. I can still be active. I find fuel in the simple idea that I can run. Some cannot...I just keep saying their names out loud to myself. They went through much worse, so I run for them and their families...There's a reason why I'm here.I'm just trying to find out what that reason is for."
A photo posted to Facebook back in February showed race bibs emblazoned with the men's last names. The bright orange Nikes that Herndon wore Monday had three engraved name plates affixed to the laces.