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Chilean Miner Edison Pena Runs New York City Marathon!

Mon, November 8, 2010 8:34am EDT by Andy Swift Add first Comment

But if you were hoping for an encore of his little Elvis impersonation from Letterman, prepare to be disappointed.

Edison Pena‘s story may have started in a mine shaft… but it ended at a finish line. My second-favorite favorite Chilean miner (Yonni Barrios, the one with the mistress, is obviously my No. 1) completed the New York City Marathon in 5 hours, 40 minutes and 51 seconds Nov. 7, and I couldn’t be prouder.

“It was worthwhile for me to come this far to run a marathon, because I want to motivate people,” Edison, 34, told the press. “I want to convince them that they can do what they set out to do in life. … In this marathon I struggled. I struggled with myself, I struggled with my own pain, but I made it to the finish line. I want to motivate other people to also find the courage and strength to transcend their own pain.”

— Andy Swift