Cops help man with broken hip finish final 2 miles of Chicago Marathon

Posted10/12/2017 12:05 PM

When he woke up to run his ninth Chicago Marathon, Edward Hensley felt some "minor pain" in his left thigh.

Though far from ideal for a long-distance runner, he wasn't running for time this year -- just to finish. He'd had the soreness for some time and was getting plenty of rest and therapy, believing it would be enough to let him run in the 26.2-mile race.

"If this is the way it's going to be, I'll be able to manage it," he thought.

Hensley -- running his 11th marathon -- didn't know it yet, but he was about to run the first 24 miles with a fractured hip.

"It gradually increased," he told the Chicago Sun-Times from a hospital bed Tuesday morning. "At about Mile 20, it started to really act up. At Mile 24 I felt something I've never felt before in my life and I couldn't walk anymore."

His hip "snapped in half" near 30th and Michigan.

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