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Coming in Last — or First? — at the Boston Marathon

Nearly 27,000 runners competed in the 2016 Boston Marathon. One of those runners, 72-year-old Fran Drozdz, crossed the finish line at 8:45 p.m. the day of the race. Yes, Drozdz came in last out of the 26,639 who completed the marathon—but what's far more important than her pace is her story.

Drozdz has run in more than 75 marathons throughout her life, and she ran the Boston Marathon this year for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Her husband, who is currently battling cancer himself (for the third time), met her with a medal at the finish line. He had called the police earlier in the day, thinking his wife might have gotten lost or hurt.

Possible Preaching Angle:

It turns out this race's "loser" is quite the winner: "[s]o the last will be first," anyone ()?


Justin Block, “The Boston Marathon’s Last Place Finisher Is Its Biggest Winner,” HuffPost (4-19-16)

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