Chilean Miner Edison Pena To Run Tokyo Marathon

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Feb. 22, 2011
  • Updated Sep. 12, 2012 at 12:55 PM UTC
Edison Pena is heading to Tokyo this weekend. Photo:

Edison Pena is heading to Tokyo this weekend. Photo:

It will be his second marathon.

The New York Times is reporting that famed Chilean miner Edison Pena will run in the Tokyo Marathon this Sunday. This will be his second marathon. Pena completed the ING New York City Marathon last November in 5:40:51.

Pena became famous when he and 32 other miners were trapped for a record 69 days 2,500 feet below the surface of the earth. During that time, Pena ran up to six miles a day in the mineshaft to pass time and stay mentally strong. He was the 12th miner rescued.

In the ING New York City Marathon, Pena ran the first half in 2:07, but suffered from acute knee pains and, with bags of ice attached to his knees, he walked most of the second half.

“Running a marathon and being trapped in a mine are two very different experiences,” Pena recalled afterward. “I felt great in the marathon . . . felt great with all the support I was getting. In the mine, I ran alone.”

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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