Chilean miner to run in New York marathon
Tuesday 02 November 2010
The Chilean miner who jogged in the tunnels while trapped underground not only will attend Sunday's New York City Marathon - he wants to run it.
Marathon officials invited Edison Pena to watch the race after hearing his story when the miners were rescued last month.
They thought he could ride in the lead vehicle or hold the finish line tape, but never expected the Chilean consulate to tell them that Mr Pena wanted to run.
"He absolutely, 100 % wants to participate," New York Road Runners president Mary Wittenberg said at a luncheon.
Marathon organisers still were working to organise Mr Pena's travel to New York and figure out exactly how to best honour him.
Mr Pena was one of the 33 miners whose saga captivated the world when they were trapped for 69 days after an August 5 collapse stranded them nearly a half-mile underground.
Marathon officials had been in contact with the consulate since the rescue, and last week they received word that Mr Pena had accepted their invitation to attend.
Then came the news that Mr Pena was not content to just be an observer.
"I cannot wait to meet this man," Ms Wittenberg said.
- 1 Migrant crisis: Greek soldier saved 20 people singlehandedly off Rhodes beach
- 2 Frank Lampard's face drops when Holly Willoughby introduces him as a 'Man City legend'
- 3 UK weather: Britain braced for snow as arctic air mass moves in
- 5 General Election 2015: Stephen Hawking says he will vote Labour
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
The sickening truth about food banks that the Tories don't want you to know
Aaron and Melissa Klein: Oregon anti-gay bakers ordered to pay $135,000 after refusing to make cake for same-sex wedding
Andrew Lloyd Webber: Phantom of the Opera writer mocked after issuing a warning about Ed Miliband and Nicola Sturgeon
General election 2015: Labour will toughen hate crimes legislation surrounding Islamophobia
HSBC review into moving headquarters from UK 'underway'
£16000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Photographer/ Floor planner /...
£30000 - £40000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Front-End Developer - Guildford/Craw...
£13500 - £15000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Customer Service Assistant is...
£16000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An ambitious and motivated Sale...