Edison Pena, one of the Chilean miners who spent over two months trapped underground, arrived at JFK today. Although exhausted, Pena said he "always wanted to be here" in NYC. Pena is in town to run in the ING NYC Marathon this Sunday. During a press conference in Cenral Park, he told reporters, "It's a dream come true. The first dream come true was seeing the light of day again, and I had to go through all of this to be here today. And I did!” They gave him his bib, AND he got to meet former NY Giant star Amani Toomer!
Pena, who was the twelfth miner rescued in early October, was dubbed 'The Runner' by his fellow miners because he ran three to six miles a day below ground during the ordeal. “[I am] the first person to train for the marathon underground," he joked to reporters. The ING Marathon organization invited the rescued miner to run the 26.2 mile course through the five boroughs on Sunday as a guest of honor. He is also expected to appear on "Late Show With David Letterman" tonight.