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Monique Koll, Woman With Broken Spine, Ditches Wheelchair And Finishes Half Marathon (PHOTO)

02/25/2013 02:17 pm ET

In the final stretch of a half marathon in New Orleans, Monique Koll's boyfriend helped her ditch her wheelchair and shakily cross the finish line.

According to the Times-Picayune, whose photographer captured the moment at Sunday's Rock 'n' Roll half, Koll broke her spine in a car accident several months ago. In the photo, Koll's boyfriend Nick guides her across finish line after pushing her in a wheelchair for most of the race.

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A friend of Koll's shared the photo on Reddit, where it is going viral. Several commenters, seemingly inspired, have left well-wishes for Koll and her recovery.

"I sincerely hope to see her walk again and tell us about it," one user wrote.

Another applauded her dedication and called Nick "a class act."

Koll, who is from Lafayette, La., is currently in rehab getting help walking again, the Times-Picayune reported. Next year she hopes to run the Rock 'n' Roll half marathon instead of being pushed.

Last year, Koll ran the race in two hours, 16 minutes, or with an average pace of 10:24 per mile, according to the 2012 results page.

H/T Reddit

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