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Trapped Chilean Miner Cheated Death

  • By Mario Fraioli
  • Published Oct. 21, 2010
  • Updated Sep. 12, 2012 at 12:56 PM UTC
Edison Pena dragged wooden crates behind him while running in the San Jose mine. Photo: BBC

Edison Pena dragged wooden crates behind him while running in the San Jose mine. Photo: BBC

Edison Pena says he’s “more human now”.

The story goes that he ran between 3 and 6 miles per day while trapped underground for 69 days in a collapsed mine in Chile. Aside from keeping him fit while rescuers tried to free him and the 32 others stuck in the San Jose mine, 34-year old Edison Pena says it was running that saved his life.

“It’s really hard to come back from death, it’s very hard,” Pena told the BBC. “Now I just want to live, I want to live. ”

Pena, who has received invitations to run the ING New York City Marathon next month and Zappos.com Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon in December, said he ran to test himself physically in an effort to beat the mental challenge of entrapment. He often dragged wooden crates behind him to improve his stamina.

“I think these photographs are really a life testimony, and I want everybody to understand it,” Pena said in his interview. “It’s not to show off, I’m not looking to get famous by running. I think that running on the surface again…and seeing the beach. I think nothing compares to this.”

For More: BBC

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Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli is a senior editor at Competitor magazine. A cross-country All-American at Stonehill College in 2003, he now coaches the Prado Women's Racing Team in San Diego and was the men's marathon coach for Costa Rica's 2012 Olympic team. His first book, The Official Rock 'n' Roll Guide To Marathon & Half-Marathon Training (VeloPress, 2013) is available in bookstores, running shops and online.

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