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Man Wins Age Group In Borrowed Shoes

He finished the race with three shoes.

He finished the race with three shoes.

At last weekend’s Carlsbad Marathon, Andrew Minck of Brooklyn, New York started out wearing a yellow pair of shoes and finished in a white pair. This unusual situation unfolded when Minck borrowed the yellow running shoes from a friend. They were too small and by mile 18, he was in a lot of pain. Desperate, he decided to yell out to the crowd: “Does anyone have [size] 10½ or 11 shoes?”

Race volunteer Scott Heidemann responded. He kindly removed his shoes and handed them to Minck, informing him to donate them afterwards.

But there was a problem.

Minck’s computerized racing chip was still attached to his left yellow shoe and so he had to finish the race carrying the shoe with him.

Heidemann, who was manning a water station, ended up walked around in his socks.

Another human interest story from the race: half-marathon finisher Will Navaja approached his girlfriend at the end of the race with his finishing medal around his neck. It was inscribed with the following question: “Will you marry me?”

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