He displayed his strength and determination by surviving more than two months trapped underground.
And Chilean miner Edison Peña once again proved his mettle by completing the New York marathon on Monday.
The 34-year-old is an avid runner and jogged miles through the underground tunnels while waiting to be rescued during his 69-day ordeal.
He cut his steel-tipped electrician's boots to ankle height so he could train twice a day along the rocky, muddy 1,000-yard corridor and built up strength by dragging a large wooden pallet that was attached to a cord tied to his waist.
Speaking of his time trapped underground, he said. "I always had faith to keep fighting, to stand up to things, to do what could be done.
"First, I want to run this marathon, but secondly, I'd like to motivate those people who aren't running the marathon to do so in the future," he added.
"I also want to especially motivate young children and youth to run because running makes you free."
Edison completed the 26.2-mile course in a time of five hours, 40 minutes and 51 seconds.
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