NORTH AUGUSTA, SC (WRDW/WAGT/Gray News) - Like most elementary school boys, Darius Kruah and Aaren Crane love to be outside.
They love sports, too.
"When I was a little kid, I loved running around and playing outside." said Kruah.
Darius goes to Mossy Creek Elementary and Aaren to Merriwether. They both participate in their schools' running club but the two fifth graders didn't know each other until their big track meet last weekend.
"They called us down there to get in the lane and we had to get inside the lane," said Kruah, describing the moments before his big race.
They were neck-and-neck in the 100-meter race when Aaren fell.
“I don’t think I made it that far before I fell,” Aaren recalled.
He tried to catch himself and keep going, but his wrist cracked under the pressure. Darius was in the lead at the time.
“I already thought he won the race and was coming back to sit in the bleachers. But then I saw teachers like looking at him like ‘Why’d you stop?’” Aaren explained.
Mid-race and near-win, Darius turned around to help his opponent.
“He got hurt and he wasn’t going to be able to win the race and that wouldn’t be fair, so I just thought that I would just lose the race with him just to help him and see if he was okay,” said Kruah.
The simple act of kindness has warmed hearts on Facebook, but that’s not why Darius did this at all, WRDW reported.
“If you help someone, they could go and help someone and they keep on going and help people, too,” Darius said.
And Aaren, fractured wrist and all, just wants to say “thanks.”
“You could’ve run the race, but instead of doing that, you had sportsmanship and came over and helped me,” said Aaren.
As fate would have it, Aaren ended up paying it forward on his way to the hospital. He saw a family stranded on the side of the road with their car on fire and insisted they pull over and help them out.