Chilean miner completes NY marathon

Mon, 08 Nov 08:29:00 2010

Chilean miner Edison Pena ran through the pain barrier to complete the New York marathon less than a month after being rescued.

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Pena, who had kept himself occupied during his 69-day ordeal by running through the mine's tunnels, took five hours 50 minutes to complete the race.

The 34-year-old's efforts in New York were hampered by a knee injury he had sustained while trapped following the cave-in.

But after receiving treatment at the side of the course he battled through to the end, crossing the finish line in Central Park while draped with a Chilean flag to the sound of Elvis blaring from the speakers.

The miner had been nicknamed "The Runner" by his trapped colleagues for his habit of running several miles a day while he was trapped 2,300ft beneath the earth's surface.

"I'm here because I want people to feel free," Pena said.

"I want them to strive for their own freedom. That's why it was worthwhile for me to come this far to run a marathon.

"I struggled with myself, I struggled with my own pain, but I made it to the finish line."


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