Boston Marathon

A struggling runner gets a hand from four fellow marathoners

It’s a scene that’s become familiar at the Boston Marathon and synonymous with Boston Strong: Fellow marathoners helping each other cross the finish line.

It happened last year when Jim Driscoll and Mitch Kies carried Ari Ofsevit 100 yards down Boylston Street.

This year, four men — including two servicemen in their fatigues — helped carry Jake Mogan of San Francisco across the fabled yellow and blue finish line.


Jorge Maravilla and Thomas Young — the servicemen — along with Mike Korfhage of Louisville, Ky., and Michael Leech of Newport News, Va., each had ahold of a limb, with Maravilla and Young wrapping Mogan’s arms around their necks.

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Gov. Charlie Baker shared a video of the four runners’ efforts.

“Unbelieveable,” Baker tweeted.

Maravilla finished in 2 hours, 24 minutes and 27 seconds. Mogan’s time was 3:09:46. Korfhage clocked a time of 3:09:34. Leech finished in 3:09:54. Young’s time was not yet available on the Boston Athletic Association’s athlete tracker.

Sights and sounds of the 2017 Boston Marathon finish line

Follow Rachel G. Bowers on Twitter @RachelGBowers.