The NYC Road Runners Club invited Chilean miner Edison Pena to watch the NYC Marathon being run today. He decided he wanted to run the marathon rather than watch.
During all those many weeks trapped in the mine Edison ran 3 to 6 miles a day to keep busy and fit. He cut his work boots down into sneakers and found as many open pathways as he could.
When he wasn’t running Edison entertained his fellow miners with his huge repertoire of Elvis songs. Although he doesn’t speak English he has memorized the words to every Elvis hit.
Elvis Presley Enterprises is sponsoring Edison’s trip. After the marathon he will be traveling to Las Vegas and then to his dream destination of Graceland.
Check out this CLIP (scroll down a bit on the home page) of Edison on Letterman. He has such a huge personality and wonderful warm persona.
I hope all his dreams come true.