Columbia, SC (WLTX) - South Carolina's Medal of Honor Recipient, Kyle Carpenter jumped out of a plane to kick off this year's Marine Corps Marathon.
Carpenter along with a troupe of 11 parachutists completed a tandem skydive to deliver a 7,800 square foot American flag to the starting line of the race in Arlington, VA.
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President Obama awarded the the Lexington resident and retired U.S. Marine Corporal the medal during a ceremony in July at the White House. The USC sophomore was nominated for the medal after shielding a fellow marine from a grenade in Afghanistan.
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According to the Military Times, Carpenter said, ""At the end of the run, when I'm hurting and I'm happy that it's over, I'm really just going to be thankful that I have the ability for my legs to hurt and my legs to be sore."
Carpenter completed the 26.2-mile race with a time of 5:12.