Last marathoner crosses line 29 hours later

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Talk about courage and talk about character.

When elite athletes passed her, Zoe Koplowitz kept walking. When hard-core runners went by, she kept walking. And, finally, when every other one of the thousands of people in the New York City Marathon had finished, she kept walking.

Koplowitz crossed the finish line and completed her 20th New York City Marathon yesterday, just under 29 hours after she started.

What makes her accomplishment so special is that the 59-year-old woman has multiple sclerosis and diabetes. She was also wearing braces on her back and knee and using purple-painted crutches the entire route.

Ruth Brenner, president of the New York City chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, called Koplowitz an inspiration. As she put it, "She's not letting MS change her life," adding "I think she is a real champion."

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