Amazing: Marine Encourages Boy Struggling to Finish 5K
Bust out those tissues, y'all, because this photo is gonna get ya. Lcpl. Miles Kerr demonstrated the true definition of "never leave a man behind" during a 5K at the Venetian Festival in Charlevoixin, Michigan.
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Toward the end of the race, after his fellow Marines had already crossed the finish line, Kerr spotted a young boy struggling on the path. After slowing down and finding out that the child had become separated from the party he'd been accompanied by, Kerr ran alongside the boy until he completed the race.
Way to go, Lcpl. Kerr. We'd choose you as a running partner any day.
For a little more background, here's what Seal of Honor's Facebook page captioned the photo itself; the photo was originally posted by SOH.
For the 5k at the Venetian Festival in Charlevoix, Lcpl Kerr opted to run the event wearing boots and utes and carrying a ruck sack. Several minutes after the other Marines he was with had finished, Lcpl Kerr still had not crossed the line. They feared his extreme level of motivation may have caused him injury and/or fatigue resulting in him dropping out of the race. Moments before they ran back through the course to recover their fellow Marine, Lcpl Kerr came around the last turn along with this small boy. The boy had become separated from those who he had started the race with. He asked Lcpl Kerr, “Sir? Will you please run with me?". Throughout the course, Lcpl Kerr urged him on when the boy wanted to give up and ensured that the boy saw the course to completion where he was reunited with his party. By his unwavering commitment to help those in need through his ability to inspire others by his unequivocal level of motivation, Lcpl Kerr reflected great credit upon himself and was keeping in the highest traditions of the United States Marine Corps.