Edison Pena is one of the miners who was trapped in the underground disaster for several months in Chile. He became famous while he jogged while he was being trapped and now it seems he will participate in Sunday’s NY City marathon after he got an invitation to watch it.
After thinking more, Edison said he will not only accept the invitation to watch the marathon but moreover, he will definitely participate to it. His story became viral worldwide and the officials decided to invite him to watch the race as a honour guests. There were two possibilities they have thought about: either to ride in the leading vehicle or to hold the finish line tape, however none considered the Chilean will want to race the marathon. And that is the exact thing he wants to do, the Chilean consulate revealed.
Mary Wittenberg, president of the NY Road Runners, admitted that Pena will participate to this event as a runner and there is no doubt about this. Marathon organisers were thinking how to best honour him but it seems allowing him to run at the event is the best thing they can do.
Pena spent 69 days trapped underground, at nearly 800m below the Earth’s surface, along with other 32 coleagues of him. After they got rescued, the marathons officials contacted the Chilean consulate to invite Pena at their event and last week the invitation acceptance has came. Only on Monday they found out that the miner will not only observe the marathon but will also run along other contestants and everybody is anxious to see him performing at the event.