The first person to begin Sunday morning’s Life Time Miami Marathon and Half Marathon was who most people in the stands wanted to see at the end.
“I’m really happy and proud of the city of Miami,” Melamed said. “It’s an amazing race, an amazing sporting event, and it’s an honor.”
Melamed runs to try to inspire other people to chase their dreams. He and his team wore shirts that said “Vamos” on them, the slogan, which means “let’s go,” is a call for people to not let anything stand in their way of reaching their goals.
Although he said he is appreciative of the support, he added there is still a lot of work to be done to ensure his message is heard.
“I’d rather celebrate the accomplishments of others,” he said. “We’re just doing our job. Our message isn’t fulfilled yet.”
Not much could wipe the gigantic smile from Ludovic Nacre’s face.
The 45-year-old won the men’s athletes with disabilities hand-cycle marathon with a time of 1 hour 14 minutes 14 seconds. It was his third win in a marathon after taking home the top prize in the Barcelona and Hamburg, Germany, marathons. Nacre is the French champion in the hand-crank wheelchair discipline.
He’s been in Miami for a week and said through a translator he loves the race and being in Miami in general. Before coming last week, his only vision of Miami came from television portrayals in series such as “Miami Vice’’ and “Dexter.’’
“I think it’s a dream,” Nacre said. “It’s the U.S. It’s Florida. It’s fantastic compared to other marathons.”
She said yes
When Rachel Avisrur finally crossed the finish line, 3 hours 42 minutes after she began, Wolf asked her to marry him. The New York native said yes after the initial shock wore off, marking a great end to her race day.