Runner with muscular dystrophy crosses finish line at Chicago Marathon

One man is living proof that it isn’t always important to finish first to be an inspiration.

Maickel Melamed, 38, 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 Monday morning in about 16 hours and 46 minutes.

"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. Thank you Chicago. Thank you for everything," Melamed said after he finished the race.

Melamed starting running marathons two years ago.

He was one of more than 40,000 runners to participate in the marathon this year.