Dallas Marathon Women's victor talks collapse, dramatic finish


Dallas Marathon Women's victor talks collapse, dramatic finish

Andrew Cummings
December 11, 2017

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.

There's been a lot of buzz about what happened at the finish line of the BMW Dallas Marathon.

According to the Dallas Morning News, it's against race rules to have assistance from people who aren't in the competition - though there's no specific rule about assistance from other competitors.


Self was treated after finishing the race. A high school student running alongside her in a relay helped Self back up all the way to the finish line. Her legs started giving out from under her.

Marathon personnel immediately came to her side with a wheelchair and took her to a medical tent, where she asked: 'Did I win?'

"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.


"I was thinking mind over matter, c'mon let's do this", Self told the ABC affiliate in Dallas. And I knew she was right. Self staggered and fell and she grabbed the tape at the finish line. We're going to get you that win'.

Self, a 32-year-old New York City psychiatrist and Texas A&M alum, finished in 2 hours, 53 minutes and 57 seconds to capture the women's division.

The race's female runner-up, Caitlin Keen of Fort Worth, finished almost three minutes behind, at in 2:56:37.


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