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Maryland Woman Helps Wheelchair Duo Finish NYC Marathon

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NEW YORK (AP)- A Maryland woman recently helped push a man in a wheelchair to the finish line in the New York City Marathon.
    
Frederick resident Amy Downes helped Brent Pease push his brother, Kyle Pease, in the marathon on Nov. 1. The brothers have completed many races together, with Brent pushing and Kyle encouraging from his three-wheeled chair.
    
About 12 miles into the race, the chair's left rear wheel disintegrated. Police officers escorted the brothers to a local bike shop, where the left axle was tied to Brent's shoulder to allow him to push on the remaining two wheels. The brothers resumed the race, but realized it was nearly impossible to make turns.
    
Downes soon spotted the pair.
    
"I saw this guy in a wheelchair, and it looked like he was about to tip over," she said. "I said, 'Do you need help?'"
    
The Peases assured her they were fine. Downes stood her ground and insisted.
    
"I grabbed the side of the chair to keep it level," she said. "I said, 'Do you guys want to finish? They're not going to make you quit.'"
    
Still, it wasn't easy, especially as they maneuvered the chair around curves and turns. Other runners stopped to help them through the corners. After a mile and a half, however, another runner, Kamran Zokai, stopped and picked up the left side of the chair. With Brent in the middle, and Downes and Zokai flanking him on either side, they had the team needed to get to the finish.
    
Night had fallen by the time the foursome finished, in about 7 hours. Volunteers presented each with the finisher's medal, starting with Kyle. "It was inspiring," Downes said.

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