Chilean miner Edison Pena finishes New York City Marathon in under 6 hours
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."
| November 7, 2010; 8:07 PM ET
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