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Runner with muscular dystrophy finishes Boston Marathon after 20 hours

Michael Melamed, a  39-year-old Venezuelan athlete with muscular dystrophy, overcame incredible odds and finished the Marathon after 20 hours of walking.

Michael Melamed, a 39-year-old Venezuelan athlete with muscular dystrophy, overcame incredible odds and finished the Marathon after 20 hours of walking.  (MyFoxBoston.com)

The final runner of the Boston Marathon who crossed the finish line at 5 a.m. Tuesday is a 39-year-old Venezuelan man with muscular dystrophy.

“Today we conquer the impossible, today more than ever everything is possible,” runner Michael Melamed tweeted out after finishing. “Thanks to all.”

Melamed completed the marathon in 20 hours, and races to raise money for charity and to educate and inspire Venezuelan youth, MyFoxBoston.com reported.

He was accompanied by dozens of volunteers and was greeted at the finish line with cheers from friends and supporters.

“The wind, the rain, the cold, everything was overcome… because when we are a team the human creativity and human magic appears every time,” Melamed told MyFoxBoston.com.

Melamad has also completed races in Chicago, New York, Berlin and Tokyo.

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