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Glutton For Punishment: Chilean Miner Wants To Run In New York City Marathon

You have to give Edison Pena credit. While most people in his position would rather spend time decompressing, taking deep breaths of fresh air  and readjusting to life above ground after being stuck in a dark, dank hole 2,000 feet below the earth’s surface for 69 grueling days, Pena has instead announced that he would like to instead test his endurance by racing in the New York City Marathon on November 7th.

Nicknamed “The Runner” due to his practice of running between three and six miles per day while listening to Elvis Presley on his iPod while trapped to keep fit and I assume from going complete bats**t crazy, Pena will be a “special guest of honor” according to a statement issued Monday by the New York Road Runners president and CEO Mary WIttenberg. An official announcement will reportedly be released Friday.

Via the New York Daily News:

“All I can say is that we are planning on having a fun news announcement to make and finalizing plans this morning,” NYRR spokesman Richard Finn told the site via email.

Wittenberg extended the running invitation to Peña soon after he and 32 other trapped miners where rescued in October after more than two months trapped underground.

This guy is one bad ass mofo. Talk about living life to the fullest and not taking anything for granted, especially considering what Pena has just been through. I freely admit that if I were one of those miners,  I would have been so unhinged they would have found me creating making cave wall art out of my poop about 36 hours in.

So, here’s the best to Senor Edison Pena. You are either a glutton for punishment or a remarkable testament to the extraordinary resolve of the human spirit. I just hope he isn’t going around soliciting donations from his fellow miners for how well he performs in the race like that character Twyla the Cunotary on The League in the episode, The Marathon. Like El Notario Taco says, “Don’t compromise. Notarize!” No, that last reference has nothing to do with the story, but I love the bit. Deal with it.

He’s in! Chilean miner Edison ‘The Runner’ Peña headed for NYC marathon [New York Daily News]