Blind Cross-Country Runner Grateful to Rival Who Helped Him Finish Race After Collapsing

February 18, 2019 Updated: February 18, 2019

This runner, who is legally blind, was awesome to be able to run the cross country, but his competitor did something just as amazing.

When athlete Jake Tobin from Cazenovia High School was just 320 yards from the finish line in the inter-school cross country, visually impaired runner Luke Fortner overtook him.

Gepostet von Cazenovia Central School District am Montag, 15. Oktober 2018

With the spectators cheering him on, suddenly Fortner slipped on the muddy terrain and went down.

Realizing he could then surge ahead and come in before Fortner, Luke did something that demonstrated his kind heart, as he instead opted to stop and help Fortner to his feet.

Gepostet von Cazenovia Central School District am Montag, 15. Oktober 2018

And with his aid running beside him, Fortner finished the race ahead of Tobin, with just two seconds to spare. Tobin was even applauding Fortner along with the rest of the crowd, a great display of sportsmanship.

Cazenovia Central School District shared the moment on Facebook, with Jason Hyatt, who is Cazenovia’s running coach, praising Tobin for his compassion.

Gepostet von Cazenovia Central School District am Montag, 15. Oktober 2018

“Jake got down and lifted him up with his guide, and then helped push him up the hill,” Hyatt said.

“It was touching to see, and it will be a memory I’ll carry with me for a long time. A great example of true sportsmanship,” as reported on Syracuse.com.

Gepostet von Cazenovia Central School District am Montag, 15. Oktober 2018

After the race, Fortner’s mom was overwhelmed by Tobin’s kind gesture, and shared on Facebook, “what a great guy.”

It is good to know that men like this are out there helping others when they stumble, be it in a race or when life becomes a heavy burden.

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