Woman wins Dallas Marathon with the help of a stranger after falling near finish line

A marathoner who collapsed with just several steps left before finishing Sunday’s Dallas Marathon had assistance from a kindhearted fellow runner to finish the race. 

Chandler Self, a 32-year-old psychiatrist from New York City, was leading the BMW Dallas Marathon but was running on empty.

Footage from the event shows Self collapsing on the final stretch of the race.

"When I watch that video, I think I cringe like everyone else," Self told Inside Edition Monday. 

Self could see the finish line when she collapsed for the first time. That's when Texas native Ariana Luterman, a 17-year-old high school senior, repeatedly helped the fallen runner to her feet.

Luterman was competing in the high school relay with the elite runners Sunday morning. 

"Ariana, the 17-year-old high school student, was really trying to help me out," Self recalled. "I even tried to push her away but her heart was overcome with kindness and compassion for me that I think she was like, ‘I gotta help her.’"

Self, who grew up in Dallas, was not disqualified and came in first, finishing at 2 hours, 53 minutes, 57 seconds.

According to Dallas News’ Sportsday, BMW Dallas Marathon executive director Marcus Grunewald said runners cannot receive any third-party assistance from a spectator, a race official or medical staff or anyone outside the race, but "another participant is a gray zone."

Self was adamant that she could have finished the race without Luterman's help.

"When you can’t run, you walk. When you can’t walk, you crawl, and no matter how many times you fall down, that just means that is how many times you get back up again," she said. "I know I would have made it across that finish line no matter what."  

Related: See the New York City Marathon through history: 

47 PHOTOS
Scenes from the New York City marathon through the years
See Gallery
Scenes from the New York City marathon through the years
UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 22: New York City Marathon runners crossing Verranzano Bridge. (Photo by NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
Bill Rodgers (#2) running in the New York City Marathon.
UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 22: New York City Marathon runner Tom Fleming receiving water. (Photo by Ken Korotkin/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
Crowds of runners run across the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge at the beginning of the New York City Marathon, New York City, October 21, 1979. (Photo by Barton Silverman/New York Times Co./Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 24: New York City Marathon runners and Fred Lebow looking over the Marathon route on a map. (Photo by Pat Carroll/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 14: Germany's Uta Pippig cries 14 November 1993 after crossing the finish line to win the New York City Marathon. Pippig posted a career best time of two hours, 26 minutes, and 23 seconds to win the marathon in her first try. (Photo credit should read HAI DO/AFP/Getty Images)
(Original Caption) A crowd of runners - more than 14,000 - moves across the Verrazano Bridge from Staten Island at the start of the 10th New York City Marathon 10/21. Contestants from all 50 states and a dozen foreign countries ranged in age from 9 to 80. Champion Bill Rodgers, of Melrose, Massachusetts, won the run for the fourth consecutive year.
Marathon runners crossing the Verranzano Narrows Bridge during the ING New York City Marathon on 14th November 1993 in New York, New York, United States.(Photo by Darrell Ingham/Getty Images)
New York City Marathon, Women's winner, Grete Waitz, is off and running. (Photo By: John Roca/NY Daily News via Getty Images)
A marathon runner at the finish, New York City, November 1985. (Photo by Barbara Alper/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 26: Alberto Salazar of the USA nears the finish line of the 1980 New York Marathon held on October 26, 1980 in New York City. Salazar won the race in a time of 2:09:41, the first of his three consecutive wins. (Photo by David Madison/Getty Images)
Runners pour over the fog-shrouded Verrazano Bridge at the start of the New York City Marathon in New York, November 2. John Kagwe of Kenya won the men's competion in 2:08:11 and Franziska Rochat-Moser of Switzerland won the women's side in 2:28:42. SPORT MARATHON
Thousands of runners cross the Verrazano Narrows bridge into Brooklyn as a cargo container ship passes under them at the start of the New York City Marathon, November 1. Over 30,000 runners took part in the 29th annual run through the five boroughs of New York. JC/CLH/
Kenya's John Kagwe crosses the finish line to win the New York City Marathon with a time of 2:08:45 November 1. Kagwe also won the 1997 New York marathon. RFS/ME
Italy's Franca Ficconi wins the New York City Marathon with a time of 2:17:41 November 1. Over 30,000 runners participated in the race through five New York boroughs. ??�
One runner carries the Mexican flag and another wears a American flag bandana in the New York City Marathon as they cross the Verazzano Narrows Bridge shortly after the start of the race, November 4, 2001. Some 30,000 runners were expected to compete under tight security. Lower Manhattan is in the distant background. REUTERS/Peter Morgan PM/HK
Tesfaye Jifar of Ethiopia kisses the ground after crossing the finish line of the New York City Marathon November 4 in New York. Jifar ran the fastest-ever New York City Marathon, finishing in a record time of 2:07:43. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine RFS/SV
Saul Mendoza, USA and Helene A Hines, USA (R) talk after they were presented their awards after they won the men's and women's division of the Wheel Chair section of the New York City Marathon November 4, 2001 in New York. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine RFS/ME
Runners in the New York City Marathon cross over the Verazzano Narrows Bridge as they enter Brooklyn on November 4, 2001. Some 30,000 runners were expected to compete in the race under tight security. REUTERS/Brad Rickerby BR/HK/ME
Lloyd Scott, outfitted in a 1940's era diving suit, walks across the 59th street bridge while attempting to complete the New York City marathon in New York, November 6, 2002 It will take almost a week to cover the same distance others cover in a few hours due to the more than 140 pounds of equipment he is wearing for chairty to draw attention to cancer and leukemia in children. The marathon was run on November 3. REUTERS/Chip East CME/SV/CMC
Adam Stein displays an American flag at the start of the 33rd New York City Marathon, November 3, 2002. Some 30,000 runners were expected to compete on the 26.2 mile race through New York's five boroughs. The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge is in background. REUTERS/Peter Morgan PM/HB
Edith Hunkeler of Switzerland celebrates as she wins the Women's Wheelchair division of the 2007 New York City Marathon in New York November 4, 2007. REUTERS/Mike Segar (UNITED STATES)
Paula Radcliffe of England carries her nine-month-old daughter Isla after winning the Women's division of the 2007 New York City Marathon in New York November 4, 2007. REUTERS/Mike Segar (UNITED STATES)
Marilson Gomes dos Santos of Brazil hugs his wife Juliana after winning the men's division of the 2008 New York City Marathon November 2, 2008. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton (UNITED STATES)
The lead pack of elite men's runners pass over the 59th street bridge during the New York marathon, November 2, 2008. REUTERS/Chip East (UNITED STATES)
Shalane Flanagan of the U.S. is escorted by New York Road Runners President Mary Whittenberg after Flanagan finished second in the women's division of the New York City Marathon, November 7, 2010. REUTERS/Mike Segar (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT ATHLETICS)
Shalane Flanagan of the U.S. drops to her knees after she finished second in the women's division of the New York City Marathon, November 7, 2010. REUTERS/Mike Segar (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT ATHLETICS)
Runners walk by Javier Rancel from Venezuela, as he rests his injured knee on the Pulaski Bridge during the 2011 New York City Marathon in New York November 6, 2011. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT ATHLETICS)
Firehiwot Dado of Ethiopia (L) celebrates with compatriot Buzunesh Deba after they finished first and second in the women's division of the 2011 New York City Marathon in New York November 6, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Segar (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT ATHLETICS)
The elite women pack runs across the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge during the New York City Marathon in New York, November 3, 2013. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT ATHLETICS)
Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya crosses the finish line to win the men's division of the New York City Marathon in New York, November 3, 2013. Mutai broke away with about four miles to go to win the New York City Marathon in blustery, chilly conditions on Sunday. REUTERS/Mike Segar (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT ATHLETICS)
New York Police Department officers perform security checks on runners arriving to take part in the New York City Marathon on Staten Island, New York November 3, 2013. In addition to cheering supporters, runners in this Sunday's New York City Marathon will also be monitored by bomb-sniffing dogs, police scuba divers and surveillance helicopters to prevent an attack similar to the one at the Boston race earlier this year. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT ATHLETICS)
A runner carrying the U.S. flag and wearing a t-shirt that says "Boston Strong" crosses the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge during the New York City Marathon in New York, November 3, 2013. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT ATHLETICS)
Medals for finishing runners hang on stands just past the finish line shortly before the start of the 2014 New York City Marathon in Central Park in Manhattan, November 2, 2014 REUTERS/Mike Segar (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT ATHLETICS)
Runners cross the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge shortly after the start of the New York City Marathon in New York, November 2, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT ATHLETICS)
New York City Marathon Grand Marshal Spike Lee (C) poses with 2014 champions Tatyana McFadden (L), Wilson Kipsang (2nd L), Mary Keitany (2nd R), and Kurt Fearnley (R) during a news conference in New York, October 29, 2015. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Runners make their way across the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge during the New York City Marathon in New York, November 2, 2014. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT ATHLETICS)
Men's champion Wilson Kipsang of Kenya leads elite's runners while they make their way across Manhattan during the New York City Marathon in New York, November 2, 2014. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT ATHLETICS)
Grand Marshall and film director Spike Lee takes a photo with his smartphone before the New York City Marathon in New York November 1, 2015. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
An exhausted runner leans on a railing after finishing the 2015 New York City Marathon in New York's Central Park, November 1, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Segar
A woman holds up a sign for the runners taking part in the New York City Marathon in New York November 1, 2015. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
Nov 1, 2015; New York, NY, USA; Runners in the pro men's division line up at the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge before the 2015 TCS New York City Marathon. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
Runners arrive to compete in the 2016 New York City Marathon in the Manhattan borough of New York City, U.S., November 6, 2016. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
Ghirmay Ghebreslassie of Eritrea gestures as he crosses the finish line to win the men's field of the 2016 New York City Marathon in Central Park in the Manhattan borough of New York City, NY, U.S. November 6, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar
Runners cross the Verrazano?Narrows Bridge during the 2016 New York City Marathon in the Manhattan borough of New York City, NY, U.S. November 6, 2016. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
Runners cross the Verrazano?Narrows Bridge during the 2016 New York City Marathon in the Manhattan borough of New York City, NY, U.S. November 6, 2016. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
A participant taking part in the men's wheelchair division crosses the Verrazano?Narrows Bridge during the 2016 New York City Marathon in the Manhattan borough of New York City, NY, U.S. November 6, 2016. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE

RELATED STORIES

Dad Runs Marathon With Empty Stroller in Honor of His Stillborn Son

Crash Survivor Runs Half Marathon With His Doctor and the Driver Who Hit Him

Legally Blind Man to Run New York City Marathon Unassisted Thanks to New App

Read Full Story