Rescued Chilean miner Edison Pena finishes marathon with swollen knees

November 8th, 2010 by Staff

Source: The Money Times — Edison Pena, a rescued Chilean miner, who ran every day during his more than two months entrapment in a Chilean coal mine, completed his first marathon.

The 34-year-old Pena was one of the 33 miners rescued from a collapsed Chilean mine last month after spending 69 days trapped 2300 feet underground by a cave-in.

Chilean miner joins Marathon champs
Pena, the 12th miner brought to the surface, jogged regularly through the tunnels of the mine until the rescue and was invited to New York by race organizers.

He joined about 45000 runners from 50 states and more than 100 countries in the New York City Marathon on Sunday, Nov. 7, 2010, the New York Post reports.

Coping with aching knees, Pena ran and walked to complete his 26.2-mile trip through the five boroughs of New York.

Pena, miner number 12, ran the first half of the marathon before pain forced him to stop at a medical stand and have ice packs on his swollen knees.

Pena fights to finish line
Nicknamed “the runner” by his fellow miners, Pena completed the journey in five hours 40 minutes 51 seconds, about 20 minutes ahead of his 6-hour goal.

More than two million people who lined the course greeted Pena with cheers as he crossed the line.

“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.”

Suffered swollen knees
Pena, miner number 12, ran the first half of the marathon before pain forced him to stop at a medical stand and have ice packs on his swollen knees.

He walked the rest of the way, before summoning the strength to run the last stretch to the Central Park finish.

“I could have come here to watch the marathon instead of running,” Pena said. “I could have just been a special guest, but I wanted to take up the challenge of running.”

“It was worthwhile for me to come this far to run a marathon, because I want to motivate people,” he said. “I want to convince them that they can do what they set out to do in life.

“In this marathon I struggled. I struggled with myself, I struggled with my own pain, but I made it to the finish line. I want to motivate other people to also find the courage and strength to transcend their own pain.”

Winners of marathon
During Sunday’s New York City Marathon, world record-holder Haile Gebrselassie announced his retirement after dropping out in the 16th mile.

First to finish was Ethiopia’s Gebre Gebremariam, with Kenya’s Edna Kiplagat becoming the first woman to finish. American Shalane Flanagan finished second in the race, the best U.S. finish for a woman in 20 years.


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