To reach the start of Sunday's New York Marathon, Luis Jorge Obando Ram�rez ran 5,000 miles from his home in Bogot�. "Many times I wondered if I would make it," he says. "I often was unsure how much farther I had to go." Obando did make it, donned bib 132 and finished the race in 3:15:53.
Obando wore out five pairs of running shoes given to him by well-wishers along the way.
On Oct. 24, reached NEW YORK CITY—on a bus, because it's illegal to run through the Lincoln Tunnel.
In a few U.S. TOWNS, voluntarily spent nights in jail because no other beds were available.
Spent four early September days resting in HOUSTON with sore calf.
Upon reaching MEXICO in July, received a 30-day visa; often ran 75 miles a day to traverse the country in time.
Rain in CENTRAL AMERICA fell so hard he sometimes "could not see between drops."
Insects rendered him sleepless in COSTA RICA.
Panama forbade him to run through a national forest, so he took a plane to the canal, which he crossed by boat.
Started Bogota June 5 With $800 and a few necessities in his backpack, Obando headed north.