Chilean miner kept on running

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff  October 14, 2010 01:56 PM

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Chile-Mine-Collapse.jpgEvery major news story has a sports connection. Never fails.

Presidental election? That's when we found out Barack Obama's a baller.

The volcano? International runners couldn't make it to the Boston Marathon.

Man on the moon? Astronaut Alan Shepard tees up a Titleist.

So it is no surprise that form held on the Chilean miners story. First we learned that following soccer matches and talking soccer kept their spirits up. One of them even juggled a soccer ball moments after being rescued.

But the single most interesting sports connection to the Chilean miners was buried deep in a New York Times article this morning about how they stayed healthy.

Turns out one of them ran "several miles a day" within the half-mile or so of tunnels that they had access to.

News reports identified the miner as Edison Pena, and said he ran 3 to 6 miles a day.

The Times today reported that he was being invited to the New York City Marathon Nov. 7 as either a guest of the New York Road Runners club, which directs the race, or to participate.

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