Runner That Helped Dallas Marathon Winner Speaks To KRLD

Gladys Abbott
December 12, 2017

It was an agonizing finish, but a psychiatrist from New York City won the women's division of the BMW Dallas Marathon after stumbling a few times and getting some help before breaking the tape, WFAA reported. "Then at Mile 25.5, they turned to Jell-O so much that every step I took, they were giving out from under me".

Self, who's a psychiatrist in NY now, thought she had it under control. In the final 200 yards, Ariana Luterman, a high school runner from Greenhill Academy who ran with Self the final two miles, repeatedly helped Self to her feet.

Chandler Self won the women's division of the BMW Dallas marathon with a time of 2:53:58 on Sunday - but not without the help of 17-year-old Ariana Luterman.

"The only thing I could think of to do was to pick her up, so I picked her up and I think she was a little confused at first", Luterman, 17, said in the Twitter video below.

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As for Luterman, Self told SportsDay, "She was so encouraging". Runner-up Caitlin Keen said she had no complaint with the result.

I just kept saying, 'Mind over matter. "Something like that just brings you closer to people". Self's family later told her she'd been credited with the win.

She made it, and the victory stood, but Self did have one regret.

"I was trying to get some of that weight for her, and then she went down again, and then she went down again, and then she went down again", Luterman said. "Just verbally help me!"

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