Photos Of Runner Being Carried Toward Finish Line Capture What Boston Marathon Is All About

This year's Boston Marathon is memorable for a few reasons.

Boston came roaring back with a reinvigorated sense of pride, strength and togetherness. That's why this series of photos -- tweeted by Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery -- perfectly illustrates the spirit of the 118th Boston Marathon.

The photos show a man whose legs gave out near the end of the race and was carried by fellow racers toward the finish line:

Runner falls just short of the finish. Four others pick him up and carry him. I'm literally in tears pic.twitter.com/vb9cjxG6pQ

— Wesley Lowery (@WesleyLowery) April 21, 2014


Runner gave out near 26 mile mark, right by the site where 1st bomb went off. 1 guy stopped to help, then another pic.twitter.com/gcwMxpssdK

— Wesley Lowery (@WesleyLowery) April 21, 2014


But his legs just couldn't do it. The group struggled a few feet. Another man stopped to help, and a woman pic.twitter.com/nM8FGP9Vgx

— Wesley Lowery (@WesleyLowery) April 21, 2014


Determined, the two new saviors lifted his legs. He had just a few hundred feet to go. They would get him there pic.twitter.com/5tXvNyDGUJ

— Wesley Lowery (@WesleyLowery) April 21, 2014


The crowd exploded into loudest cheer I've heard today. Walking, then jogging, they all, all 5, finished the race pic.twitter.com/HE4QJnh35L

— Wesley Lowery (@WesleyLowery) April 21, 2014

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that the runners carried their fellow racer across the finish line. While they carried him toward the finish line, he crossed by himself.

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Flowers lie on the finish line of the Boston Marathon on the one-year anniversary of the bombing.
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Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick walks with his wife, Diane (left), and the family of Martin Richard, the 8-year-old boy killed by a bomb at the marathon last year.
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Martin Richard's family stands during the wreath-laying ceremony.
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Boston Cardinal Sean Patrick O'Malley meets with the family of Martin Richardson.
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A woman cries during the wreath-laying ceremony.
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A supporter pauses to reflect.
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A runner runs underneath the Boston Marathon finish line photo bridge on the morning of the one-year anniversary
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Runner speaks to Boston police officers at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on the morning of the anniversary.
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Members of the Boston Police Department, Boston Fire Department and Massachusetts State Police practice marching prior to the ceremony.
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Members of the Boston Police Department, Boston Fire Department and Massachusetts State Police before ceremony.
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Members of the Boston Police Department, Boston Fire Department and Massachusetts State Police practice ahead of ceremony.
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Police officers carry flags during wreath-laying ceremony.
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Massachusetts state and local police and fire department members present flags during ceremony.
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Members of the Boston Police Department, Boston Fire Department and Massachusetts State Police before the ceremony.
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The family of Martin Richard, along with Boston mayor Marty Walsh, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and other members of the victims families.
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A Boston police officer waves traffic across the finish line of the Boston Marathon on the one-year anniversary.
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Mass. state and local police and fire department members stand near the site of one of the bombs.
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Gov. Deval Patrick shakes hands with Cardinal O'Malley.
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A knitted tribute hangs on a street light along the course of the Boston Marathon.
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Flowers lie at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.