From the BBC News website:

“Edison Pena, the Chilean miner who famously jogged underground while awaiting rescue, has completed the New York City Marathon.

He came in walking on a bad knee to finish the 26.2-mile (42.4-km) route in less than six hours.

Speaking just before the race, he said he wanted to inspire others, especially children, to run.” Click here for the rest of the story.

(Video from ABC Action News)

If anyone was wondering which of the miners would become a global star, they can stop wondering now. The media have found a new Chilean icon and his name is Edison Pena.

I remember watching a BBC Panorama documentary called Trapped – The Chile Miners’ Story which came out just after the miners had been rescued.

The documentary focused on Edison Pena, who had been nicknamed “the Runner” for running up to 10 km each day while trapped in the mine. His partner Angelica Alvarez, who had found the mining job for Edison, described how she felt when she first heard the news on the television.

The San Jose mine – I heard it and I froze. My sore ached. I felt sick. I went to the bathroom, and I almost threw up.”

The team spoke to Edison after he had been released from hospital, and showed him running on a beach. It was obvious he was going to become a star, and I wasn’t surprised when I heard that he had been invited to appear on “The Late Show” with David Letterman.

(Video from CBS YouTube channel)

Edison Pena is becoming a global star and it looks like he has the perfect personality for TV. Good luck to him! I just hope he isn’t hounded by the media until he becomes burnt-out like so many other celebrities who suddenly become famous after extraordinary circumstances.

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