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Retired Mexican soccer star mulls running a marathon


Torreon, Mexico, Mar 4 (EFE).- Retired striker Jared Borgetti, Mexico's all-time leading scorer in international soccer, may start competing in marathons.

"It's tough to run 42 kilometers and 195 meters (26.2 miles), but accessible for a high performance athlete like me. If I decide to do it, I will need good physical preparation and serious mental training," he told Efe in Torreon, where he served as grand marshal of Sunday's marathon.

Borgetti, who will soon turn 40, retired from professional soccer in 2010 with a lifetime tally of 258 goals, including 46 with the Mexican national squad.

"I just ran a 12.5 kilometer (7.7 mile) race to accompany my wife and I wanted to throw in the towel after that. I don't know how these guys endure so much," he said of the 4,500 runners in the Torreon marathon.