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Wednesday, 23rd February 2011
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Chilean miner to run Tokyo Marathon

One of the Chilean miners trapped underground in 2010 is planning to complete the forthcoming Tokyo Marathon.

Edison Pena has already completed the New York City Marathon despite having knee problems. In November, he ran the US race in five hours and 40 minutes.

It is reported that 35-year-old Pena was invited to enter the Japanese marathon by Remo System, a Japan-based maker of shoe inserts, after they saw him in the New York Marathon. The company is planning to donate 2,000 pairs of shoes to people in Chile in the miner's name.

Pena, who was one of the 33 miners trapped underground for 69 days, is running more than six miles per day ahead of Sunday's race.

This year's Tokyo Marathon will also feature a number of international running stats including Ethiopian Haile Gebrselassie in his first major appearance since he announced that his planned retirement has been cancelled.

Written by Mark Smith.