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Friday
Oct152010

Chilean 'Runner' Invited to New York City Marathon

Photo Courtesy - RODRIGO ARANGUA/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Nicknamed "The Runner" because of his workout regimen during the weeks he spent stuck underground in Chile, miner Edison Pena has been invited to stretch his legs in one of the most famous runs in the world: the New York City Marathon.

The New York Road Runners Club, which organizes the annual 26.2-mile trek through the five boroughs of New York City, has offered to host Pena during this year's race, scheduled for Nov. 7.

Pena, 34, was the 12th of 33 miners to be rescued this week from the vault where he was trapped for 69 days after a mine collapse.

Perhaps best known for his love of Elvis Presley, whose music he requested while underground, Pena also made headlines for his dedication to running, often covering six miles a day in the mine's corridors.

As many as 45,000 runners are expected to run the marathon, and more than 120,000 applied for a spot. Of those running, more than 200 will hail from Chile, a team of runners that Wittenberg said she is certain would be fine having Pena lead it.

In addition to the marathon, Pena has also been invited to the historic home of Elvis Presley. Other items gifted to the miners included an Apple iPod Touch, the popular portable media player, as well as a free trip to the Greek islands of their choice.

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