Chilean Miner Gets Invite to ING New York City Marathon

Rescued Chilean miner Edison Peña could be on his way to the ING New York City Marathon. Photo by Hugo Infante/Government of Chile.

He ran through dark mine tunnels a half-mile underground. Day after day, for 69 days, he ran to stay sane–anima sana in corpore sano. “A sound mind in a sound body” is the motto of ASICS, one of the sponsors of the ING New York City Marathon. Now Edison Peña could be running the world’s most famous marathon.

New York Road Runners will invite the rescued Chilean miner to the ING New York City Marathon on Nov. 7 as the club’s guest, the New York Times reports.

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. He even requested an iPod loaded with Elvis Presley songs for his daily jogs.

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.

Karla Bruning


Karla Bruning is a race announcer at the TCS New York City Marathon + other major events, TV host for the New York City Triathlon + contributor to Shape, Redbook, Runner's World + other publications. She used to report for Newsweek but spent her free time squeezing in workouts. Now it's her job. She's run 8 marathons, 30 halves, 10 triathlons + open water swims. When she's not running, talking about running or writing about running, she's snuggling her baby, spoiling her dog + compulsively traveling.


10 2010