While most of us were sleeping, Maickel Melamed, a Venezuelan man with muscular dystrophy, was still competing in the Boston Marathon. And around 5am this morning, about 20 hours after he started the 26.2-mile race, he crossed the finish line.
Though the 39-year-old struggles to walk, he fought through torrential downpours and thunderstorms for the last few miles.
He was assisted by volunteers during the race and was met at the finish line by a mass of cheering friends and supporters.
"Today we conquer the impossible, today more than ever everything is possible," Melamed tweeted in Spanish early this morning. "Thanks to all."
Melamed hasn't let his condition stop him from completing several other marathons in the past — in New York, Chicago, Berlin, and Tokyo — but this one, he said, was his last and most meaningful. Boston holds a special place in his heart because it's where his parents brought him for treatment as a child.
The athlete, college professor, and motivational speaker races for charity and to educate and inspire Venezuelan youth.
He may have been the last person to finish the race, but he definitely deserves a gold medal.
Watch his amazing moment below:
Screengrab via Voice of America/YouTube