"Running makes you free" - Rescued Chilean miner runs NYC Marathon


Trapped 2,300 feet below ground, in near-darkness, Edison Pena ran.  Wearing cut-down steel-tipped boots, dragging wooden pallets, for over 69 days, he trained.  When officials heard his story, they invited him to be a guest, he said he would race instead.

Although his knee had been injured during the mine's collapse, he strapped bags of ice to his legs kept going.  He crossed the finish line after 5 hours and 40 minutes, beating his goal of completing the 26.2 miles in six hours.

It was his first marathon.  His other goal was to "motivate those people who aren't running the marathon to do so in the future," and "to especially motivate young children and youth to run because running makes you free."

His next challenge?  "To care more deeply, to be more present with the people we love."

(Picture from the Associated Press)
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About Tony Fed

Tony is the host of the Paleo Magazine Radio podcast, author of "Paleo Grilling: A Modern Caveman's Guide to Cooking with Fire", and Cofounder of Powerful PT, an innovative information resource for Fitness Professionals. He has appeared on numerous local and national television and radio broadcasts and regularly hosts healthy cooking workshops and informational lectures. He is also a full-time Personal Trainer and Wellness Consultant who lives in Jacksonville Florida with his wife Jamie.
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1 comments:

  1. Awesome! That is so inspiring! Thanks for sharing!

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