They say the race is only for the swift, but a young marine proved that being the last on the team should not be a problem, especially when it involved slowing down to help a 9-year-old boy who needed confidence.
Marine Lance Cpl. Myles Kerr upheld the tenets of his office after meeting a 9-year-old — as a marine, he is expected to assist and show compassion to as many when necessary.
In 2013, the officer, 19, had engaged in the Jeff Drenth Memorial 5K in Charlevoix, Michigan, when he met a young chap named Boden Fuchs. The boy appealed to the uniform man to run with him after feeling abandoned, and Kerr, who was trying to catch up, succumbed to his wish.
Marine Lance Cpl. Myles Kerr and Boden Fuchs. running the race together | Photo: twitter.com/runmichigan facebook.com/SEAL Of Honor
HOW THE MARINE MET BODEN FUCHS
Kerr had been left behind by his pals when he met the young runner who was ten years his junior. As the marine ran past him, he noticed the little guy walking and asked if he was okay. Fuchs, who had also been left behind, confided in the 19-year-old, asking the officer to run with him.
The young adult paired with the younger runner and convinced him to keep racing until they crossed the finish line. Kerr later located his partner’s family before they said their goodbyes.
THOUGHTS ABOUT THE MARINE’S ACTIONS
After seeing the 2013 photo shared by a close source to the marine, many internet users went crazy with their reactions. They could not get over the fact that a young man would pick an interest in the boy while racing with his fellow mates.
The photo was shared on Facebook, and an overwhelming audience that ran into thousands liked and commented on the post. The comments continued to drop as the years went by.
A glance at the comment section displayed comments from other Facebook users dated two years ago, still gushing on the young adult.
On the other side, Kerr did not think that what he did was worthy of attention. He added that when they got to the finish line, he thought it would be cool to take a photo with the young runner, so when his recruiter caught a shot of the boys in action and posted it, it was not to stir any frenzy.
While he was not expecting the overnight celebrity status, the young man was thankful that he was recognized. Days later, he returned to his base to serve his country.