For many of you 2010 ING NYC Marathon participants, you're spending the day recovering from the 26.2 mile run (or walk). For the rest of us, we're still in awe. Here are some more factoids about the race:

  • Chilean miner Edison Pena, whose decision to run in the marathon stunned organizers and subsequent introduction to America wowed (most) everyone, finished in five hours, 40 minutes and 51 seconds. Pena, who suffered knee pain and walked part of the race, said, "First of all, I want to say that I would have run faster. And I did run faster in the mine." Pena is not an experienced long-distance runner, but the tale of his running miles in the dark while trapped in a cave for weeks impressed New York Road Runners president Mary Wittenberg, who initially invited him as a spectator. She said yesterday, "I think we’ve just seen the best story in running I think I’ve ever seen."
  • Marathon world record holder Haile Gebrselassie, who received a $400,000 appearance fee to run in the marathon, dropped out at mile 16 and announced he's retiring from running.
  • Women's race winner Edna Kiplagat received $130,000 for her victory, which is $15,000 less than what she won for the LA Marathon.
  • American Shalane Flanagan, who placed second in the women's race, suggests she may run the marathon in the 2012 London Olympics (she won the bronze in the 2008 Olympics).
  • Men's winner Gebre Gebremariam said, "I never expected to win. Just to finish is good to me.”
  • American Darren Ritzenhein, whose change in technique was examined in the New Yorker's profile on NYC marathon champ Alberto Salazar, is still waiting for a breakout marathon.
  • Today show personality Al Roker finished at 7 hours and 9 minutes; today he was safety patrol at his daughter's school.