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
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)
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(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."