(NEW YORK) -- Rescued Chilean miner Edison Pena arrived in New York City Thursday to run in this weekend's marathon. The 34-year old was nicknamed "the runner" for famously jogging up to six miles for over two months underground every day while trapped in the San Jose mine.
Speaking to reporters, Pena said through a translator that he was delighted to be invited to participate in the sports event. "I was very eager to take on this huge challenge of the New York marathon. I wanted to show the world that I could run it and that yes we can."
In addition to his visit to New York City, Pena was also invited to visit Graceland and Las Vegas.
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