Rescued Miner Peña Will Run New York City Marathon

Edison Peña, center, ran every day while trapped in the mine. Photo by Hugo Infante/Government of Chile.

Edison Peña, the rescued Chilean miner known as “The Runner,” will run the ING New York City Marathon on Nov. 7, Universal Sports reports.

New York Road Runners, which organizes the race, invited Peña to New York as their special guest after president and CEO Mary Wittenberg heard about his extraordinary efforts to stay fit and sane while trapped with 32 other men in a gold and copper mine near Copiapo, Chile.

Peña logged somewhere between 200 and 400 miles over the course of 69 days. He ran three to six miles a day a half-mile underground through the mine’s tunnels, 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 that described him as “the fittest miner.”

Peña was the 12th of 33 miners to be rescued on Oct. 13. They had been trapped since the San Jose mine collapsed on Aug. 5.

New York Road Runners will make an official announcement on Friday, according to Universal Sports.

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.


11 2010