Marine steps in to help boy finish triathlon

story by: Gina Harkins
photo courtesy of: Kim Baltz
On the morning 11-year-old Ben Baltz was preparing to race in a triathlon, his dad gave him a piece of dark chocolate. When he opened it, the inside of the foil wrapper contained a message for the young athlete — “You’re exactly where you need to be.”
A few hours later, a photo was snapped of Baltz being carried across the finish line on the back of Pfc. Matthew Morgan, 19, a communications signals collection operator/analyst with Marine Detachment Corry Station in Pensacola, Fla. The two were surrounded by a pack of Marines as they completed the race in solidarity.
The photo, taken by a spectator, went viral — and it’s motivating Americans. That’s because Baltz isn’t a typical athlete. If he wants to run or play baseball, he has to strap a leg on to do so.


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