A Marine veteran running in the Boston Marathon in honor of his three fallen friends says he never thought about giving up even when his legs gave out.

Micah Herndon says his military training kicked in while crawling the last 100 yards (91 meters) to the finish during Monday's marathon.

The Tallmadge, Ohio, man says deciding to crawl was kind of second nature and that he just kept saying the names of his three friends who died in Afghanistan.

Herndon said Tuesday a day after his third marathon that he got into running after recovering from combat injuries he suffered nine years ago.

He says he was running for not only his friends but all veterans and hopes they can find their own release. He says his just happens to be running.

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