Boden Fuchs and Myles Kerr running the five-kilometre race (Photo: Facebook)
"Sir, will you please run with me?"
That's what Boden Fuchs, a nine-year-old who was doing a five-kilometre run in Charlevoix, Michigan recently, asked U.S. marine Lance Corporal Myles Kerr, who was also in the race.
The marine was running with his fellow soldiers, but he let them peel away at full speed and agreed to help the nine-year-old out.
Kerr stuck with Fuchs through the whole race, and even let the young man finish five seconds ahead of him. Their final times were 34.53 minutes for Fuchs, 34.58 for Kerr.
Someone snapped a photo of the pair running together, and it's already received well over 200,000 likes on Facebook.
Since the photo became popular online, Kerr has become something of a local celebrity in his Michigan town. Radio stations, newspapers and blogs have been interviewing him, and Fuchs' family gave him a $100 voucher for a local restaurant.
He's taken to his own Facebook page to comment on the situation, writing "I'm not a hero, I am me," and "you can't let fame ruin the person you are, because deep down, that was the person that got you all the fame."