Although he finished more than three and a half hours behind the champion, Chilean miner Edison Pena won the hearts of the millions of spectators that lined the streets to watch the New York City Marathon over the weekend.
Pena, one of the 32 men rescued after being trapped in a Chilean mine last month, ran the first half of the race before pain in his knees forced him to walk to the finish line.
“In this marathon I struggled. I struggled with
myself, I struggled with my own pain, that has to be clear, but I made it to the finish line.”
Pena completed the run through the city’s five boroughs in five hours 40 minutes 51 seconds
and his motivation and determination has made him the toast of New York.
“This is an extraordinary story, an extraordinary man
who tries very hard to act ordinary. But I don’t think
we’ve ever seen anything like this.”
Pena was the 12th miner brought to the surface last month after being trapped for a staggering 69 days in the collapsed mine.
The 34-year-old ran daily through the tunnels until the rescue and was invited by race organizers to New York where he fulfilled a life-long dream and completed yet another personal victory.
- A miner's marathon