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Chilean Miner To Run In NYC Marathon

The Chilean miner who jogged in the tunnelswhile trapped underground not only will attend Sunday's New YorkCity Marathon - he wants to run it.

Marathon officials had invited Edison Pena to watch the raceafter hearing his story when the miners were rescued last month.They thought he could ride in the lead vehicle or hold the finishline tape, but never expected the Chilean consulate to tell themPena wanted to run.

"He absolutely, 100 percent wants to participate," New YorkRoad Runners president Mary Wittenberg said at a luncheon Monday.

Marathon organizers still were working to organize Pena's travelto New York and figure out exactly how to best honor him.

Pena was one of the 33 miners whose saga captivated the worldwhen they were trapped for 69 days after an Aug. 5 collapsestranded them nearly a half-mile underground. Marathon officialshad been in contact with the consulate since the rescue, and lastweek they received word that Pena had accepted their invitation toattend.

Then came Monday's news that Pena wasn't content to just be anobserver.

"I cannot wait to meet this man," Wittenberg said.

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