Chilean Miner Hits NYC Marathon

Edison Pena ran every day while trapped underground

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Nov 7, 2010 9:00 AM CST

(Newser) – He trained 2,300 feet underground, running miles each day with his very life in the balance, but today rescued Chilean miner Edison Pena hit the ground running in the New York City Marathon. He began at 9:40am, and hoped to finish the 26.2-mile race in six hours. Dubbed "The Runner," the 34-year-old Pena jogged every day of his 69-day ordeal through the tunnels of the collapsed mine.

"First, I want to run this marathon, but secondly, I'd like to motivate those people who aren't running the marathon to do so in the future," says Pena. "I also want to specially motivate young children and youth to run because running makes you free."

Rescued Chilean miner Edison Pena visits the Empire State Building observation deck on Friday, Nov. 5, 2010, in New York.  Pena is aiming to finish the New York City Marathon on Sunday.
Rescued Chilean miner Edison Pena visits the Empire State Building observation deck on Friday, Nov. 5, 2010, in New York. Pena is aiming to finish the New York City Marathon on Sunday.   (Bebeto Matthews)
Chilean miner Edison Pena gets a friendly hug from host David Letterman on the Late Show with David Letterman, Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010.
Chilean miner Edison Pena gets a friendly hug from host David Letterman on the "Late Show with David Letterman," Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010.   (AP Photo/CBS, Jeffrey R. Staab)
Chilean miner Edison Pena joins host David Letterman on the Late Show with David Letterman, Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010.
Chilean miner Edison Pena joins host David Letterman on the "Late Show with David Letterman," Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010.   (AP Photo/CBS, Jeffrey R. Staab)
In this Oct. 13, 2010 file photo, miner Edison Pena is greeted while emerging from the capsule that brought him to the surface from the collapsed San Jose gold and copper mine near Copiapo, Chile.
In this Oct. 13, 2010 file photo, miner Edison Pena is greeted while emerging from the capsule that brought him to the surface from the collapsed San Jose gold and copper mine near Copiapo, Chile.   (AP Photo/Jorge Saenz, file)
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