04/17/2012 at 09:00 AM EDT
Whenever Ryan Sutter was looking for a pick-me-up along the 26.2 mile course of Monday's Boston Marathon, he needed only to think of his pal Ethan Zohn
Sutter was running the race for former Survivor
winner, who was unable to participate due to a recurrence of Hodgkin's lymphoma
"My inspiration was Ethan, but no matter what I did physically it's nothing compared to what he and other people with cancer do every day," the former Bachelorette
star told the Boston Herald
. "That kept me going."
Sutter, 37, who started in the last wave of racers and whose official time was 3:36:02, said he hasn't ruled out participating in next year's Boston Marathon.
"This is a special town and the race has so much authenticity, I can't rule it out," he told the newspaper. After the race, Sutter also said he and his wife
were planning to spend some more time in Boston before heading back to Colorado: "Trista definitely has more shopping to do."