First runner with Down Syndrome finishes NYC Marathon

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NEW YORK — Jimmy Jenson may have finished the ING New York City Marathon hours behind the others, but he still set a record Sunday.

Jenson, 48, is the first person with Down Syndrome to complete the race.

According to NBC News, the Los Angeles man ran all 26.2 miles with his friend Jennifer Davis by his side.

The two were not runners when they met 12 years ago, but that changed when Jenson suggested they run a 5k together.

The pair met through Best Buddies, a group that aims to connect people who have intellectual disabilities with people who do not.

Jenson and Davis finished their race in just over eight hours, and it was reported that Jenson encouraged other runners along the way — he told them if he could keep going, then so could they.

Read more: NBC News

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