If you have ever been a part of any competition, you would understand the nervousness you get before and during the contest.
Madeline Adams was to run in the ACC Woman’s Cross Country Championship, and she was going through the same. She was confident when she began running and was not suspecting for anything to go wrong. With her shoelaces tied and hair pulled up, she was all set to reach her goal.
However, fortune did not favor her this time, nor did her body support when she was failing. Despite finishing most of the track with a high spirit, she suddenly felt fatigue as she approached the finishing line.
“I was the race of my life. I was doing incredibly well. I was coming up that hill (to the finish line), I started to feel really fatigued,” she shared with the CBS news.
“All of a sudden, I get this wave that comes over and my legs just truly gave out from underneath me. I had no control. I really don’t remember falling, I remember being on the ground and being like, ‘why am I on the ground? Get up.”
She was not able to run further anymore. Even after getting collapsed on the ground, she tried to get up and gain the momentum, but all in vain.
The other runners were focusing on the finish line and were leaving Madeline with the idea that she would be fine. What happened next has made the headlines.
Evie Tate of Clemson, who was also one among the runners, stopped when she reached to Madeline. She tried to make Madeline stand on her feet. However, it was next to impossible for her to carry the girl’s weight. But soon, another runner, Rachel Pease from Louisville, came to help and raised up Madeline’s other arm over her shoulder.
They together shared the load and attempted to carry her up to finishing line. Although medical staff forced Madeline to quit the race due to exhaustion, the incident will remain forever as a special memory to her.
She said, “The great part that comes out of this is there are two amazing girls that helped me, who are completely selfless and just amazing people with amazing character.”
Here’s the video showing something which is very rare in competitions like this!