Amazing Couple Runs New York City Marathon
Anthony Butler didn’t win the New York City Marathon on Sunday, but his story did. Thousands of inspirational stories came from NYC as 50,000 runners dashed through the five boroughs, but this one was something else. Think Underdog meets love story…
Butler is a Harlem native – a New Yorker through and through – and he was a basketball star at a young age. At 20 years old, he lost his eyesight as the result of a gunshot wound.
With his college hoops expectations destroyed, he turned to running. He’s now 30 years old and has been running for more than a decade.
A few years ago, Butler was paired with a sighted trainer through Achilles International, a non-profit organization that teams disabled runners with volunteers. His volunteer was Jessie Rix. She was his trainer, then his friend, and now much more.
“The first time I met Anthony, I was like, ‘I need that person in my life one way or another,’” Rix told Good Morning America. “He’s the happiest, most optimistic person in the world, and you just don’t get that anymore.”
The couple started dating a few years ago. They now live in a New York City apartment and run through Central Park most mornings.
Butler and Rix ran the 26.2-mile course through New York City on Sunday. It was their fifth marathon together, and they stole the hearts of America in the process.