Edison Peña, 34, reportedly ran three to six miles a day while he and 32 other miners were trapped in a gold and copper mine near Copiapo, Chile for 10 weeks. His daily jaunts through the mine’s tunnels earned him the nickname “The Runner.”
Peña ran somewhere between 200 and 400 miles while trapped a half-mile underground, listening to Elvis Presley on his iPod. He became famous in running circles when a Runner’s World blog, RW Daily, picked up the story from a 28-word profile of Peña in the London Daily Telegraph:“Edison Pena, 34 The fittest miner, he has reportedly been running 10km a day underground. Also requested that Elvis Presley songs be sent down into the mine. Rescued.”
NYRR, the marathon’s organizer, is trying to contact the Chilean consulate in New York with an invitation for Peña to attend the race either as a spectator or runner, according to the Times.
“We want to celebrate him here in New York City on the biggest weekend in running, as he seems to represent the very essence and best of the runner spirit,” Mary Wittenberg, the president and CEO of New York Road Runners, said in an e-mail to the New York Times. “He has taken the phrase ‘runner for life’ to a whole new level.”
Peña was the 12th miner to be rescued yesterday. The last of the 33 miners, who had been trapped since the San Jose mine collapsed on Aug. 5, was rescued late Wednesday night.
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