29-year-old Kenyan marathon runner, Hyvon Ngetich, was in the lead at the Austin Marathon, and on her way to winning the race, when she hit the wall and collapsed to the ground. In running this is when your body begins to break down from long distance effort. In Hyvon's case, it happened all of a sudden, with just two-tenths of a mile left to run.
Unable to walk or run, medical personnel offered Ngetich a wheelchair, intending to take her off the tracks. But determined to finish the race, she declined and proceeded to crawl to the finish line. She eventually finished in third place for women.
According to Huffington Post, Austin Marathon race director John Conley was so impressed by her determination, that he rewarded her by increasing her prize money to that of a second-place finisher.
Referring to Ngetich as the toughest person on the planet, Conley said, “You ran the bravest race and crawled the bravest crawl I have ever seen in my life,” he told her. “You have earned much honor.”