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CHICAGO MARATHON-FINAL FINISHER
Man with muscular dystrophy finishes Chicago Marathon after nearly 17 hours
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Monday, October 14, 2013 1:43 PM EDT
A man with muscular dystrophy was the last runner to cross the finish line of the Chicago Marathon — nearly 17 hours after he started the race.
The resident of Caracas says his message to people is: "If you dream it, make it happen."
Melamed started running marathon two years ago and has competed in marathons in Berlin and New York City. His time for the Chicago Marathon was 16 hours and 46 minutes.
The winner was Kenyan Dennis Kimetto, who finished the course in 2 hours, 3 minutes, 45 seconds.