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Man Finishes Marathon After 5 Days

November 9, 2002

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NEW YORK (AP) _ Lloyd Scott lumbered to the finish in the New York City Marathon five days after starting _ wearing an antique 130-pound deep-sea diving outfit.

Scott, a leukemia survivor and former firefighter in England, carried the Union Jack and an American flag into Central Park on Friday.

Kenyan winners Rodgers Rop and Joyce Chepchumba and more than 31,000 runners crossed the line Sunday.

Scott, who billed his five-borough journey as the slowest New York City Marathon, was raising money to fight leukemia and assist families of firefighters who died in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

He trudged along the 26.2-mile course wearing a 40-pound helmet and boots weighing 25 pounds each. He stayed in firehouses along the route at night.

Scott, intent on showing what cancer victims can accomplish, also wore a diver’s outfit for the London Marathon in April, finishing in six days.

``We commend Lloyd Scott for his efforts and his support of a great cause,″ the New York Road Runners Club, organizer of the marathon, said in a statement.

Race rules state that the course officially closes 8 1/2 hours after the start for all able-bodied participants. Those with disabilities have 11 hours to finish.

Scott had received an official entry number and the club said it would invite him to take part again.

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On the Net:

New York Road Runners Club Web site: http://www.nyrrc.org/nyrrc/org/home.html

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