- Posted October 10, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Photo essays: Your stories in pictures
Marines carry boy across finish line
'After she finished, I began photographing children out of curiosity for what I could capture. I did not know there was a paratriathlete in the race until I saw someone carrying Ben out of the water. They attached his prosthetic leg and I captured a few photos as he was running through the sand. I photographed several other children, but there was something inspiring about Ben that caused me to focus on him. He had an inspiring look of determination and I wanted to capture that emotion in a photo. When I heard the announcer cheering for Ben at the finish I was laying on the beach with my sister. I ran up to the end of the race just as he and the Marines were crossing the finish line. The crowd was loudly cheering for Ben. It was a moment that touched everyone there.'
- dsashin, CNN iReport producer
Photos of Ben Baltz, the young boy whom Marines carried across the finish line of a triathlon after his prosthetic leg broke on Sunday morning during the run portion of the race.