CHICAGO (CNN) – You don't always have to finish first to be an inspiration. Maickel Melamed is proof of that.
Melamed was the final runner to cross the finish line of the Chicago Marathon.
The Venezuelan man suffers from muscular dystrophy but finished the course early in about 16 hours and 46 minutes early Monday.
"My first message is honor the city of Chicago...the beautiful city of Chicago that receives us and let us to cross the street and to write a new story in our story for the young people, the children of the world a message for dignity, for possibility, for humanity," Melamed said. "Thank you Chicago. Thank you for everything."
Melamed was one of more than 40,000 runners to participate in this year's marathon.
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