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Welcome to MATH Magazine’s Numbers in the News! Each week we'll post a math question based on a current news story. Read and solve the question.

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Marathon Miner

It’s hard to believe that just one month ago, Edison Peña was one of 33 Chilean miners still stuck in a mine after 69 days. This weekend, he completed the 26.2-mile New York City Marathon, one of the largest marathons in the world. While Mr. Peña was stuck underground, he trained for the marathon, jogging every day, and his perseverance paid off. His goal was to complete the marathon in 6 hours, and he finished in 5 hours and 40 minutes! What was Mr. Peña’s speed in miles per hour, rounded to the nearest hundredth?

Peña's speed was 4.62 miles per hour.

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