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Edison Peña finished the New York City Marathon yesterday with a time of 5:40:51, less than three weeks after being rescued from the collapsed gold and copper mine in Chile, the New York Times running blog reports. During the 69 days that Peña was trapped more than 2,000 feet underground, he took to running loops of several miles through the mine wearing work boots.
Spectators turned out on Sunday in effusive fashion to watch Peña run. He crossed the half-marathon mark at 2:07:34 but began to slow at First Avenue - about mile 18 - and had to stop between miles 19 and 20 at a medical tent. Peña began again with ice taped to his knees. As he approached the finish line, he held aloft a Chilean flag to the delight of a waiting crowd.
Peña was presented with a medal and mobbed by photographers. Later, through an interpreter, he said that he was inspired by the support of the spectators to finish despite his knee pain and, upon request, sang few bars of Elvis's "Don't Be Cruel."