26.2 Miles Of Blood, Sweat, And Hills: Celebs Who Have Run A Marathon
Running a marathon is no easy feat and the training involved requires a lot of time, effort, and willpower. Though you may not think that celebrities and marathons go hand-in-hand, there are plenty of celebs out there who have taken off their makeup, skin-tight dresses, and fashion suits and traded them in for t-shirts, shorts, and running shoes. Here are 14 celebrities who have run a marathon — all 26.2 miles.
Oprah is one of those women that can do anything if she puts her full mind to it. In 1994 she ran the Washington D.C. Marine Corps Marathon, finishing in 4 hours, 29 minutes and 15 seconds. Crazily, in the running world there’s a thing known as the Oprah line. One passes the Oprah line when they finish a race faster than her.
Diddy’s run at the 2003 New York City marathon wasn’t a breeze for him. In fact, he suffered through a bad knee and leg cramps, but in the end he pushed through and finished 11,359th out of 35,100 runners. Through his run Diddy was able to raise $2 million for public schools in New York as well as for children suffering from HIV and AIDS.
Though you don’t see a supermodel running a marathon very often, Veronica Webb ran the New York City marathon three years in a row from 2009-2011. While we can’t say she didn’t run the race to keep herself in excellent shape, Veronica mostly completed the marathon to raise money and awareness for Harlem United. This organization pushes to provide education and supports to HIV/AIDS patients.
Pamela Anderson ran the 2013 New York Marathon in 5 hours and 41 minutes, despite Ellen DeGeneres saying that she wouldn’t be able to complete it. Pamela said that the last few miles of the race were the hardest and even compared it to giving birth. We’re not sure it’s that bad but the next day Pamela did post pictures of herself resting in bed with ice bags all over herself.
Back in 2007, Katie Holmes ran the New York City Marathon, one of the most prestigious races there is. She completed her run in five hours, 29 minutes and 58 seconds. The female winner of the race that year finished in 2 hours, 23 minutes and 9 seconds. As a first-time marathon runner, we’ll give some credit to Katie.
Mario Lopez ran the 2011 New York City Marathon and while he finished the race in 4 hours, 23 minutes and 30 seconds, he thought that his time could have been even faster. Along the race route Mario admitted to talking and seeing various people, which slowed him down. He credits the Bronx for being his worst stretch of the race.
In 2011, Gbenga Akinnagbe ran the New York City Marathon. He finished in 4 hours, 53 minutes, and 52 seconds, which isn’t too bad for a first-time runner. He ran the race for an African charity, All for Africa. Gbenga is Nigerian but was born in Washington, D.C.
In 2009, Alanis Morissette ran the New York City marathon and finished in 4 hours, 28 minutes and 45 seconds. Alanis, along with several other celebrities that year, ran the race to raise benefits for African-based charities, including the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust. In 2009 she also ran the National Eating Disorders Association marathon.
Valerie Bertinelli ran the Boston Marathon in 2010, just a few days before she turned 50. She finished the race in 5 hours, 14 minutes and 31 seconds, which wasn’t too bad for her first marathon ever. Once everything was done and over with, Valerie said she felt euphoric and high after finishing the race. Before the marathon, Valerie only ran short intervals for regular exercise.
Back in 2008, Ryan Reynolds ran the New York City Marathon and finished in about 3 hours and 50 minutes. He didn’t run the race just for himself, instead, he was running to raise money for Parkinson’s disease research. Ryan’s dad suffers from Parkinson’s so his run was definitely a personal one.
Robin Quivers, best known as Howard Stern’s radio sidekick, ran the New York City Marathon in 2010 for her 15 Foundation charity. She finished the race in 6 hours and 9 minutes. Though she wasn’t the fastest runner, she wasn’t the slowest, and she proudly showed off her medal days after the race was over.
If there’s one thing that isn’t a laughing matter to Will Ferrell it’s a marathon. In 2003 Will participated in the Boston Marathon and completed it in just 3 hours, 56 minutes and 12 seconds. He also took part in the Rock n’ Roll Los Angeles Halloween Half Marathon. Clearly this man likes to run, and laugh!
Al Roker ran the 2010 New York City Marathon and finished in 7 hours and 9 minutes. It was his first marathon ever and Al said he was just focused on finishing the race and wasn’t too worried about what his overall time would be. Hopefully Al’s next run will be a lot quicker.
Meredith Vieira ran the 2010 New York City Marathon along with her co-host, Al Roker. At the age of 55, Vieira said it was always a dream of hers to run a marathon. She finished her 26.2 miles in 5 hours and 59 minutes, way ahead of her co-host. Vieira claimed that the last sprint is the best.