Marine who lost leg in combat runs Boston Marathon holding American flag

Staff Sergeant Jose Luis Sanchez lost leg in Afghanistan in 2011


BOSTON – Running the Boston Marathon is not an easy feat. Running it with a prosthetic leg while holding an American flag is just plain inspiring.

That's what Staff Sergeant Jose Luis Sanchez did at Monday's 121st Boston Marathon, according to the Boston Globe. The Marine lost the lower part of his leg after stepping on an IED in Afghanistan in 2011.

Sanchez ran his first marathon in Washington D.C. in 2015. Last year, he finished the Boston Marathon in under 6 hours.

This year, Sanchez ran the entire race holding an American flag on his shoulder.

Sanchez ran the race as part of Team Semper Fi, and raised money for the Semper Fi Fund. The organization provides financial assistance and support to families impacted by 9/11, as well as wounded military members and their families.