Marine amputee runs Boston Marathon with American flag

Posted at 8:32 AM, Apr 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-18 08:54:44-04

(CBS Boston/CNN) - Of the countless inspirational stories that rise from the Boston Marathon, the story of Jose Sanchez is making national headlines.

The Texan Marine was injured while serving in Afghanistan in 2011.

For years, as a recovering amputee following the accident, Sanchez said he kept to himself and was antisocial.

It took five years for Sanchez to even open and acknowledge a gift he received from fellow troops after the accident.

The gift was a large, signed American flag along with notes and stories of inspiration. Sanchez ran the entire 26.2 miles on a prosthetic left leg with the flag. 

Sanchez crossed the finish line of Monday's race, waving the flag, at a time of 05:46:13.

Courtesy of CBS Boston via CNN Newsource