Over the weekend, a heartwarming video capturing the spirit of camaraderie among marathon participants has earned widespread praise on social media.
Photo via TikTok (@aimandope)
The video, shared by TikTok user @aimandope, depicts a touching moment during a marathon in Kuala Lumpur. In the footage, one runner pauses in his tracks to assist a fellow participant who is clearly in pain, limping and tightly clutching another man's hand for support. Meanwhile, other runners continue on their 42-kilometer journey.
In the brief 30-second clip, a compassionate individual takes a bottle from his pocket, kneels down, and sprays muscle pain relief on the injured runner's left leg. The recipient of this act of kindness expresses gratitude.
This small but meaningful gesture has touched the hearts of viewers across social media platforms.
Many users on TikTok and Instagram expressed their admiration for the kindness displayed during the marathon. One TikTok user commented, "How beautiful is Malaysia? Many of our people are so kind-hearted. You guys are the best." Another user remarked, "This is proof that sports can unite Malaysians!"
An Instagram user commended the preparedness of the person who offered the muscle spray, noting, "He already had it prepared. The intention to help was definitely there. Respect."
Additionally, some viewers highlighted the selflessness of the man who supported the limping participant. Despite the pressure of the marathon's time limit, he chose to wait and provide assistance. A netizen praised their friendship, saying, "Look at the way they're holding hands, that's truly a friend through thick and thin. He was willing to wait despite the cut-off time (for the marathon). I would love to have a friend like this."
The marathon took place in the early hours of Sunday, October 1st, with over 40,000 runners congregating at Dataran Merdeka to participate.
While some joined for the sheer enjoyment of the event, the distance running competition also featured prizes for the fastest runners and those who successfully completed the race within the specified time frame.