DALLAS — While crossing the finish line during a half-marathon in Dallas, sixth-grader Judson Greer began to stumble. That’s when his brother Trace, a high school senior, picked him up and carried him.
Photographer Gerry “G.J.” McCarthy of the Dallas Morning News captured the moment Sunday and it has gotten attention on the Internet.
Judson and Trace are both competitive runners, but had never run a race together. So the boys from Melissa, northeast of Dallas, decided to compete in the Metro PCS Dallas Marathon before Trace left for college.
Judson told KXAS-TV of Fort Worth and Dallas that he started struggling about halfway through, but was able to continue on with his brother’s encouragement.
“I’m really glad he chose to run with me and stay with me,” Judson said. “I was afraid he would bolt off. But he stayed with me all the way and pushed me through to the end.”
Trace said Judson was averaging 6:45 per mile and at the end was nearly down to 6:20.
“Coming down that final shoot I’m yelling my head off. He’s just running as hard as he could and it was crazy!” Trace said.
The two sprinted across the finish line and that’s when Judson began to stumble.
“I ran up to him and I hugged him and he was going, he was falling. And it was like, here you go,” Trace said.
Trace then picked up his younger brother.
“Basically at the end, after I’d just sprinted, I couldn’t really hold myself up and I wasn’t feeling very good,” Judson said. “So he scooped me up and walked away.”
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