Chilean Miner Edison Pena Completes NYC Marathon
By PopEater Staff Posted Nov 8th 2010 07:47AM
Pena was invited to watch the NYC Marathon, but the amateur runner didn't want to stand on the sidelines, preferring to join the other 43,000 runners.
Pena overcame severe knee pain to finish the race; he had a brace on his right leg. According to the CBS News, Pena said through a translator, "I was very eager to take on this challenge, wanted to show the world I could run it."
Funnily enough, PopEater's own Denise Warner finished the marathon just behind Pena. (Go Denise!)
Pena also appeared on the 'Late Show with David Letterman' and showed off his love of Elvis Presley, whom he said he would listen to while running the 26-mile marathon.
The miner's trip to New York included a visit to the Empire State Building to take in the dizzying view a world away from his harrowing time spent underground.
Edison Pena's next stop is Graceland, where he'll receive a private tour of Elvis Presley's home.
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