Despite the pain, Marine crawls across Boston Marathon finish line

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BOSTON (WCVB) -- An inspiring story of perseverance and fortitude from the Boston Marathon.

Running in honor of his fallen comrades, Micah Herndon crawls to the finish line of the Boston Marathon. (WCVB via CNN)

A U.S. Marine pushed through the intense pain Monday to cross the finish line. Micah Merndon crawled on his hands and knees as he finished the race, an endeavor he undertook in honor of his fallen comrades.

"The mindset of a Marine, you finish it by yourself," he said.

It was a tribute to the memories of three men he knew while he served in Afghanistan: Mark Juarez, Matthew Ballard, and Rupert Hamer. Herndon told the Record-Courier in Ohio he runs in honor of them and that whenever he feels like giving up he just repeats their names.

It took Herndon three hours and 38 minutes to finish the 26.2 mile race.