(NEW YORK) -- Edison Peña, one of the 33 Chilean miners stuck underground for 69 days, will put his nickname of "The Runner" to use when he participates in the New York City Marathon this weekend.
Given the nickname by his fellow miners, Peña ran three to six miles daily in order to keep his body and mind in shape. He also listened to Elvis tunes on his iPod to help motivate him.
On Sunday, Nov. 7, Peña will be a guest of honor at the marathon, the New York Road Runners announced Monday.
The club’s president and CEO, Mary Wittenberg, said Peña “demonstrated how running can play an important role in our physical and emotional well-being under any circumstances.”
Rumor has it that though Peña will actually run in the marathon along with tens of thousands of other runners, it's uncertain whether he’ll participate in part or all of the 26.2-mile race.
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