Dallas Marathon Women's victor talks collapse, dramatic finish

High school runner helps marathon winner across finish line in amazing display of sportsmanship

In what was a gut-wrenching victory, the victor in the female's race at the 2017 BMW Dallas Marathon had a few falls before crossing the finish line.

That's when a high school student who was running the race as a relay stepped beside her.

For the last mile, Chandler Self struggled to stay on her feet as her body began to succumb to exhaustion.

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Luterman, according to one report, was running a relay when she saw Self in distress and chose to step up to help. Marathon personnel rushed to her aid, put her in a warm wrap and removed her in a wheelchair.

"I was thinking mind over matter", Self said.

"She said 'OK, sounds good, ' but I think she was confused".

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'She was so encouraging, I knew she was right, and I wanted it so bad and this was just a dream for me, ' Self, who is originally from Texas, said.

'Right when I caught up with her at the [relay team's] 2.5-mile mark, I told her: '"ust so you know, the high school relay is out here to compete with you guys".

Her unofficial time was 2:53:58, ahead of Caitlin Keen, a former SMU runner and volunteer assistant cross-country coach at TCU, finished 2:56.38.

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At the end, Self lunged forward, grabbing at the finish tape with her hand, as Luterman steadied her. We're going to get you that win'. After our interview, she was on a flight back home because she's scheduled to be in the ER 8 AM Monday.

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