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Tuesday
Nov022010

Chilean Miner Will Run in New York City Marathon 

Photo Courtesy - Rodrigo Arangua/AFP/Getty Images(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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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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