Vet who crawled across Boston finish line gets a surprise

Micah Herndon, whose dramatic Boston Marathon finish went viral, is surprised on "GMA" with a spot in the 2019 New York City Marathon.
4:02 | 04/17/19

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vet who had millions cheering for him with his dramatic finish at the Boston marathon on Monday. Micah Herndon refused to give up. Even though he was suffering painful cramps because he was running to honor his fallen friends who died serving in Afghanistan. Micah, thank you so much. Thanks for having me. You didn't enhear all the cheers and people pulling for you as crow yoszed the finish line? No, my one goal in mind was to finish the race. You were on a mission? Yeah, yeah. After I knew I couldn't get my goal pace I wanted because I was trying to qualify for the new York marathon, after I knew that, I just had one mission in mind -- that was to finish by myself. Lot of people wanted to help you and you were determined to do it on your own, why was that so important to you? You know, you started out something by yourself you want to finish by yourself. I'm a very prideful person. Competitive. And that's a thing. I just wanted to be able to say I finished it on my own. What kept you going? The reason why I run is for the fallen brothers. That happened when I was over in Afghanistan. And their families as well. I was just telling myself, really, when times get tough throughout the race I repeat their last names. You know, Ballard, haimer, Juarez. Tell us about those three Matt was one of my best friends. He lived in Kentucky and we met through the Marine Corps. After getting medically retired from the Marine Corps he eventually died because of the wounds that he sustained over there. And mark died from blunt force trauma from the I.D. Strike. And another, he was a marine. Haimer we were a British journalist. He had four, five kids back home. Ballard had a little boy. Really the reason I run is for them and their families. You run with these shoes. Yeah, yeah, my wife got these tags to look down whenever I'm running. I say, you know, their last names out loud. You're a special human being. I know when you started the interview you talked about the New York City marathon was a goal of yours. Have a little bit of announcement. Folks at the New York City marathon reached out to us and want to let you know you are invited to run the New York City marathon. Great stuff right there. I appreciate that. Whoever set that up, thank you. You came in here hobbling, you'll be ready by the fall the. I'll be ready by the fall. That's for sure. Wow. We left him speechless. His wife is right there. Have you seen him speechless? Sometimes. You're deserving. And thank you for helping us to remember those who, the ultimate, ultimate sacrifice It's for them and their families and I'm just really happy I'm able to cheer their story and honor them. Because that's what matters. Thank you sir. Thank you very much for your service as well.

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