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American flag waving marine who lost leg embodies what Boston Marathon is all about

04.18.17 at 10:42 am ET

The most inspiring Boston Marathon participants often don’t finish until mid-afternoon, long after the elite runners have crossed and the crowds begin to dissipate. That was the case Monday, when Staff Sgt. Jose Luis Sanchez charging down Boylston Street waving the American flag.

Sanchez, a Marine who lost the lower part of his left leg after stepping on an IED in Afghanistan in 2011, finished the Marathon this year in under six hours. He ran his first Marathon in Washington D.C. in 2015 and finished Boston last year as well.

Sanchez ran Monday as part of Team Semper Fi, which is connected to the Semper Fi Fund, an organization that provides “immediate financial assistance and lifetime support to post-9/11 wounded, critically ill and injured members of all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, and their families.”

In an interview with WBZ, Sanchez said he hopes others can use his efforts as a source of motivation.

“It’s not for me, it’s for others to be inspired, to be motivated,” he said.

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