What a spectacular accomplishment for Edison Pena, particularly when one considers that he recently endured such an intense experience being trapped underground for more than two months.
From the AP story:
An avid runner, he jogged several miles (kilometers) every day through tunnels.
He had cut his steel-tipped electrician's boots down to ankle height so he could train each morning and afternoon along the rocky, muddy 1,000-yard (900-meter) corridor where the men were trapped in stifling heat and humidity.
He built up strength by dragging a large wooden pallet that was attached to a cord tied to his waist.
NYC Marathon officials heard about Pena's subterranean training and planned to invite him as an honored guest. But he wanted to actually run the race.
Read the full story here.