New Year's Day 5K has special meaning for one couple

The gloomy clouds didn't stop some from starting 2014 off on the right foot. Nearly 250 racers pounded the pavement and kicked their new year off in the 6th annual New Year's Day 5K Prediction Run at Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach.

While most completed the course solo, Marilyn and Richard Adams did it together.

After complications resulting from a lung transplant and emphysema, Richard, a US Army and Vietnam Veteran, gets around mostly by wheelchair.

"We almost lost him this past year in 2013 he got real sick, we were in and out of the hospital three times from before Thanksgiving on," Marilyn explained.

So for the new year, Marilyn and Richard, who have been married for 41 years decided to try something they've never done together before: participate in a 5K.

As they made their way through the course, Marilyn explained that there were two things keeping them going, even on the tough parts.

"I just kept saying a lot of prayers and he kept making me laugh," she laughed, "it's how we've gotten through all these years."

That's also how they crossed the finish line, with lots of prayers and lots of laughs.

"It feels really good to know I have him, could have been different, but thank God I still have him."

Organizers say there was no entry fee for Wednesday's event, but all participants donated at least 15 non perishable food items to a local food bank.