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Chilean miner Edison Pena finishes New York City Marathon in under 6 hours

By Cindy Boren

What's next for Edison Pena? Everest?

The man who kept running over the 69 days in which he was trapped in a Chilean coal mine came through on his vow to run the New York City Marathon -- and managed to beat his 6-hour goal, too.

"Running a marathon and being trapped in a mine are two very different experiences," Pena said. "I felt great in the marathon . . . felt great with all the support I was getting. In the mine, I ran alone."

Pena, who ran up to 6 miles a day while he was trapped, wore a brace on his left knee as he finished the race in 5 hours, 40 minutes and 51 seconds. For anyone who hasn't been trapped in a coal mine, it would have seemed like an ordeal.

He ran the first half of the race in 2:07, then was forced by knee pain and exhaustion to walk roughly 10 miles. Ice packs were applied at a first-aid station and, at the 18th mile he was treated for cramps at a medical tent.

"I came to the U.S. to run this marathon, and I did it," Pena, 34, said. "I struggled with my myself. I struggled with my own pain, but I made it to the finish line."

He broke into a slight trot at the end, crossing the finish line to an apt tune by his favorite singer, Elvis Presley: "The Wonder of You."

By Cindy Boren  | November 7, 2010; 8:07 PM ET
 
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If I had been trapped in a mine for 69 days I doubt I would be running a marathon - oh wait a minute, I wasn't trapped and I'm still not running a marathon. This guy is pretty amazing.

Posted by: jtsw | November 7, 2010 9:46 PM | Report abuse

Now he can go back to Chile since he wasn't so impressed with New York. What a tool. He's treated as a celebrity because he got stuck in a frickin mine and he makes stupid comments about the Statue of Liberty and an American hot dog. Back to your hole Edison.

Posted by: dtysko | November 7, 2010 10:03 PM | Report abuse

another person speaking about a subject after reading a 'media story' slanted for sensationalism! He did NOT bad mouth NY or its Hot Dogs, he simply said it was 'Ok'. First of all when a person does not grow up on soft white bread it is very different to get used to a mushy bread in ones mouth. The headlines said 'Not Impressed' but that is NOT what Edison said. He said "Yeah, it's OK" None of my friends from South American Countries eat 'soft white bread' period and few eat processed meats. It is an acquired taste. He ATE it though. I wish people would stop creating 'Drama' where there is none! To the reporter that sensationalize the story to read 'Not Impressed' with the Statue of Liberty or NY Hot Dogs - SHAME on you! Just to get your story read you changed Mr Pena's meanings to his statements! Stop all the lies and exaggerations and being quick to jump to hating! Have respect for a visitor from another country that has been through trauma no man is known to have survive the impossible


Posted by: oooppp | November 7, 2010 10:37 PM | Report abuse

A sign seen on the course of the Marine Corp Marathon:

"Chuck Norris never finished a Marathon."

Posted by: SlideRule | November 7, 2010 11:46 PM | Report abuse

26 miles is too much.. I see knee surgery in his future

Posted by: jercha | November 8, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

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