Runner Breaks Leg, Crawls to the Finish line

Posted: November 17, 2007 in inspiring stories, running

Claire Markwardt’s horrific fall in the final stretch of the Ohio state high school cross country championship has to be the most inspiring story of the month if not the year.

Nothing heroic about falling in a race, but when you fall and crawl  the final 45 feet to the finish line, you are a hero.

According to media reports she narrates how the horrific drama unfolded, as she entered the stadium at Columbus’ Scioto Downs, with about 400 meters to go, “she heard her left leg crack, she thought it was just a simple muscle pull and kept running” because, as she says “There was a runner from one of our rival schools right in front of me, and I kept staring at the back of her jersey and pushing myself to catch her.”

But some 200 meters later, Markwardt heard the leg crack again and she then fell down infront of the crowds. One of Markwardt’s teammates, unaware of what had happened, encouraged her to get up. She tried, using her right leg. But as soon as she shifted weight to the left, the loudest crack yet came. She just couldnt stand on her feet.  “At that point, I knew what had happened. I knew my leg was broken pretty badly. And I knew I couldn’t get up again. So I started crawling,” she said.

Since the accident she has had surgery and doctors have told her she will be on crutches for six to eight weeks. I wish her a quick recovery.

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