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Dallas Marathon Winners: Local Teacher Defends Title; Former Texan Falls In Dramatic Finish

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Chandler Self, the female winner of Sunday's marathon in Dallas, makes her way to the finish line with support from Greenhill Academy runner Ariana Luterman.

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Thousands crossed the finish line Sunday at the 47th annual BMW Dallas Marathon. But the final stretch for the female marathon champion is one she — and spectators — won’t forget.

Chandler Self, who grew up in Texas and now lives in New York, started collapsing in the final half-mile, SportsDay reported. Ariana Luterman, a high school runner from Greenhill Academy, ran with Self the final two miles. In the last 200 yards, she repeatedly helped Self to her feet. Aid was rushed to her after she tore through the banner. It's unclear what caused her to struggle.


She finished with a time of 2:53:58.

Watch the dramatic finish from WFAA:

Luterman describes the experience.

In the male category, Keith Pierce defended his title from last year, but with a faster time of 2:27:17. The half marathon winners were Colby Mehmen at 1:06:54 and Brooke Slayman at 1:19:18.


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