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Man with muscular dystrophy finishes marathon

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  • This photo from video shows Maickel Melamed, 38, center, of Venezuela, who has muscular dystrophy, nearing the finish line early Monday as the last runner in the Chicago Marathon.

      This photo from video shows Maickel Melamed, 38, center, of Venezuela, who has muscular dystrophy, nearing the finish line early Monday as the last runner in the Chicago Marathon.
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A man with muscular dystrophy was the last runner to cross the finish line of the Chicago Marathon -- nearly 17 hours after he started the race.

Maickel Melamed, 38, of Venezuela made it across the finish line of the 26.2-mile race at 1:30 a.m. Monday. About 100 people cheered him on as he finished.

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The resident of Caracas says his message to people is: "If you dream it, make it happen."

Melamed started running marathon two years ago and has competed in marathons in Berlin and New York City. His time for the Chicago Marathon was 16 hours and 46 minutes.

The winner was Kenyan Dennis Kimetto, who finished the course in 2 hours, 3 minutes, 45 seconds.

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