This image from today's Boston Marathon is going viral, and it's awesome.
There was no shortage of runners competing in Monday's Boston Marathon, but one in particular stood out.
Former Marine Staff Sgt. Jose Luis Sanchez, who lost his left leg when he stepped on an IED in Afghanistan in 2011, not only completed the race, he did so in style. The entire time he ran, Sanchez carried the American flag.
That's right. For all 26.2 miles. Here is some photographic and video evidence to prove it.
Incredibly, this is the 33-year-old Sanchez's third marathon. He ran in the Marine Corps Marathon in 2015 and the Boston Marathon last year.
From Runner's World:
“I want to recognize veterans and everyone who thinks they can’t do something,” Sanchez said. He completed the race as a charity member for the Semper Fi Fund, which supports wounded veterans.
“When I was recovering, I couldn’t stand up for three seconds or walk for more than two feet,” Sanchez said. “I fought for four or five years to be able to walk and lift my body. Then I wanted to push it further by doing a marathon.”
Sanchez is one inspirational dude.