Chilean Miner Edison Peña To Compete In NYC Marathon

By on Nov 3, 2010 in Current Events, Events, Health, Science, Sports, United States, World Comments

Edison PenaAccording to international news sites, Edison Peña, one of the rescued Chilean miners who were trapped underground in Chile mines for more than 2 months will compete in ING New York City marathon this Sunday, race officials said.

While he was trapped underground, Peña kept his body in shape by regularly running thru the tunnels in the gold and copper mine where he and 32 fellow miners were trapped. He run three to six miles each day underground while listening to Elvis Presley on his iPod. These activities earned him the nickname, “The Runner.” He is the 12th miner rescued on October 13.

Peña was invited by marathon official to watch the race when they hear his story when the miners were rescued last month. They never expected that Peña wanted to run, as they only planned to let him ride the lead vehicle or hold the finish line tape.

“He absolutely, 100 percent wants to participate,” New York Road Runners President Mary Wittenberg said. “The ING New York City Marathon is all about inspiration and perseverance, and those values were never more evident than during the survival and rescue of Edison and his brothers in that mine,” Wittenberg added.

Photo Credit: AP Photo/Martin Mejia

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