Asia Ford may have finished the Rodes City Run 10K race in Louisville in last place, but you would be hard-pressed to find anyone who wouldn't call her the day's biggest winner.
Ford has spent the past two years on a journey to get healthy. Once weighing 474 pounds, she has lost over 200 pounds and decided to enter the race as her latest fitness challenge. After training for months, Ford started to struggle during the fourth mile. Police Lt. Aubrey Gregory, who was working at the event, noticed she was in pain and asked if she wanted to stop.
But she would not be defeated. Ford told him she wanted to complete the race. Inspired by her determination, Gregory decided to do what he could do to help her reach the finish line. Grabbing Ford's hand, the two walked the rest of the course arm-in-arm and ultimately finished the race together. While Ford did finish last, the reaction she received from the crowd was fit for a champion.
"Your heart starts to fill up, you get those goose bumps and tingles all over your body," Gregory later told WHAS 11. "When I watched her approach and I started to hear people scream and I let her go right there before the end and to see her raise her hands, there aren't words to express the way I felt seeing her be successful."
If it's not already starting to get a little dusty where you're sitting right now, these pictures are probably going to make you reach for the tissues.
It doesn't get much more inspiring than that.
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