Edison Pena, Freed Chilean Miner, to Run in New York City Marathon
While stuck underground with 32 others for 69 days as part of the Copiapó mining accident, Pena would jog underground in the unblocked tunnels, sometimes for up to six miles a day. The New York Road Runners Club extended an invitation to Pena to be involved in the marathon after hearing of his love of running, but were surprised by his response.
Originally, the invitation was for Pena to participate in any capacity, even if ceremonial. Pena responded through the Chilean consulate that he wanted to run.
"He absolutely, 100% wants to participate," said Mary Wittenberg, the New York Road Runners Club President.
"NYRR wanted to send a message of great support and admiration to Mr. Pena for the heart and soul and fortitude he showed every day by running in the mine," Wittenberg said earlier this month when originally extending the invitation. "He inspired a lot of us, and we just want to say, 'Way to go, well done, we're thankful you had running to help you through such at tough time.' "
Besides his love of running, Pena became known while trapped for being a fan of Elvis Presley. The marathon will take place on Nov. 7.