WAIKIKI (HawaiiNewsNow) - As she listened to her mother chanting her name, Wakana Ueda finally crossed the finish line at the Honolulu Marathon. The 11-year-old blind participant from Toyota City, Japan was the final finisher.
The emotional end to her journey came 14 hours, 3 minutes and 12 seconds after the start of the race. According to her mother, what Wakana lacks in sight, she makes up for in heart.
"Before the halfway mark, her leg was cramping up, and she was thinking about quitting many times, but because the team supported her, she was able to finish," explained Wakana's mother.
This was Ueda's first marathon.