Running a full marathon, 42.2km or 26.2 miles, is certainly no easy feat for anyone, even the most trained athletes. However these celebrities, as though they did not amaze us enough, or have enough on their plate already, decided to, and successfully did take on this challenge for various reasons, whether it be for more fame, publicity, for self- improvement, to break out of their comfort zone, or to help a worthy charity.
The youngest Middleton sister, Pippa, completed her first marathon in 2015 in Kenya, finishing as the seventh overall female with a time of 3:56:33! She also ran the Great Wall Marathon in China with a time of 4:45:51, making her 13th fastest female on the entire course! Her sister is not the only one who deserves to wear a crown!
The good girl with a wicked edge from Game of Throne’s, Natalie Dormer matches her on-screen character in real life, as she goes after her goals, no matter the cost! She ran the London Marathon is an impressive 3:50:57 while raising over $7000 for charity. She even told reporters that she was a little upset so have finished the marathon 24 seconds slower than her previous race. She is always striving for perfection!
The top of the charts singer and songwriter Alicia Keys wanted to improve herself in various ways, even before she launched her makeup-free movement. In 2015 she ran the legendary New York City Marathon for Refinery29 and explained how she wanted to break mental boundaries, which of course is what the Marathon is all about. She finished her first marathon with a time of 5:50:52.
Christy Turlington Burns
American supermodel, Christy Turlington Burns, although a New York for many years, had never run the city’s marathon, even when she was a cheerleader. She entered the race herself with an incredible time of 3:36:35. She is quoted telling Runner’s World how overwhelming it is to see how many come out to support, inspire and motivate runners in the New York Marathon.
Actress, model, and former Miss USA in 1996, Ali Landry is also an avid athlete. She is also well known for her 1998 Doritos commercial in the SuperBowl. She ran the Boston Marathon in 2002, crossing the finish line with a time of 5:41:41. She finished the marathon following her ex-husband Mario Lopez, saved by the bell star. This girl has got much more than just beauty going on for her!
Uzo Aduba, the Orange Is The New Black star has run a marathon twice already! Her first was at the 2013 New York City Marathon. She explains on a post race episode of Conan that it was an extra challenge with so many distractions from fans recognizing her character ‘’crazy eyes’’ and taking selfies with her while running. However, she still finished the marathon in 5:01!
Even mid-marathon, actress Katie Holmes always manages to look put together. She ran her first marathon in the New York City Marathon in 2007, with a time of 5:29:58 and is reported to have still looked seriously photogenic directly after crossing the finish line.
Andrea Barber, who does not only play Kimmy Gibbler, the endearing, and annoying neighbor, is actually a talented runner as well! She started out with half marathons after experiencing her first runner’s high, and from there was hooked. She finished her fourth full marathon in 4:58:02.
He is most commonly known for his 2010 documentary, Catfish, and the MTV series, however, he made his marathon debut a the New York City Marathon in 2015 with a time of 3:34:31! He was the fastest celebrity that year to cross the finish line! In 2016, he aimed to break the three-hour mark, and although did not succeed he still manage cut 12:33 off of his time!
Cynthia Erivo, Tony-Award Winning actor, ran the 2016 New York City Marathon following singing the National Anthem at the start of the race. It was a good year for her as she always won best actress for her role in The Color Purple.
Actor Theo Rossi is best known for his role as Juice on the TV show Sons Of Anarchy. He ran his first marathon in 2016 at the New York City Marathon. He began running in 2009 in order to lose weight for a role and has been running ever since, and says it helps his creative process.
After singer and 2014 American Idol finalist Jax ran her first New York City Marathon, she went directly to Manhattan’s Bar Nine to perform with her finisher medal around her neck. This race was especially dear to her and she came back to running after fighting thyroid cancer.
Will Reeve, a television personality for ESPN and the son of Christopher Reeve has followed in his father superman character by running the New York City Marathon in 2016. He ran for the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation which helps people with severe spinal cord injuries. Will Reeve himself raised over $36,00 for the foundation.
Pamela Anderson, Baywatch television star and model ran her first marathon in 2013 at the New York City Marathon. She ran in honor of the Sean Penn’s non-profit J/P Haitian Relief Organization, with her famous blonde hair a blue baseball cap.
Drew Carey, who served in the U.S Marine Corps Reserve for six years, ran the Marine Corps Marathon in 2011 to help him in his weight loss goals. He finished in an impressive 4:37:11, and reports to have trained based on his heart rate, some days doing easier runs, while others pushing himself to the limit.
American actor Kirk Acevedo tore his posterior tibialis while running the 2010 New York City Marathon, and still finished with a personal record of 3:00! However, this left him injured for two years, which was also difficult emotionally for him. He attempted to run New York again in 2014 but had no choice but to drop out.
Restaurant and CNBC star of the show Restaurant Startup, Joe Bastianich has run several marathons. He began running in 2006 in order to lose 60 pounds, and a mere year later he ran the New York City Marathon. He viewed this as proof in order to how far he has come and how he has truly changed his life for the better. He ran his personal best marathon in 2009 with a time of 3:42.
Celebrity chef Bobby Flay aimed to run the 2010 New York City Marathon in less than four hours. He finished in 4:01:37, almost making his goal. He explained to runner’s world how in previous years he did not train properly and would hit the dreaded wall before the finish line.
Ben Gibbard, the lead singer of Death Cab for Cutie started running to have a healthier lifestyle, and in 2011, four years later, ran his first marathon in L.A in a respectable time of 3:56:34. He is quoted explaining how getting through a marathon made him understand he can get through anything and starting using it as a metaphor for life.
Gordon Ramsay, the famous restauranteur for his TV show Hell’s Kitchen ran his fastest marathon in 3:30:37 at the London Marathon in 2004. He has also finished an Ironman. No wonder he is so intense in his cooking. And he definitely works hard for the good food he eats.
Flea, the bass player of the Red Hot Chili Peppers became a runner after reading the book Born to Run, he explains how it deeply affected him to think that our bodies are actually intended to run. With this, he decided to run a marathon and raise money for the Silverlake Conservatory of Music, and finished in 3:41:49.
Entrepreneur Bill Rancic who won the first season of The Apprentice ran his best marathon in 2001 at the Chicago Marathon, and ever since has run several marathons for charities. He ran the 2013 New York City Marathon in honor of his wife Giuliana’s organization, Fab-U Wish. He told Runner’s World that in his late 20’s, his buddy made a bet with him that he could never run the Chicago Marathon, and a mere 9 weeks later he started training.
Golden Globe-winning actress Teri Hatcher is most famous for her role as Susan Mayer on the TV series Desperate Housewives. Before running the New York City Marathon in 2014, she is quoted telling Women’s Running Magazine how excited she was, but also nervous. She finished her first marathon in 5:06.
Valerie Bertinelli, know for her roles on One Day at a Time, Touched by an Angel, and Hot in Cleveland ran the Boston Marathon in 2010 for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute right before her 50th birthday with a time of 5:14:37! She told People magazine following the race that she thinks running a marathon is like childbirth, the thrill afterward makes you forget how painful it truly was!
ESPN host Michelle Beadle made her marathon debut in 2013 at the New York City Marathon and tells Runners World that it was always a goal of hers to run a marathon in her lifetime. And she did just that, finishing in 6:08. She picked this marathon because it’s the one that everyone want’s to run, and she earned her bragging rights.
The Today show co-host Al Roker discovered the incredible amount of hills of New York City only after running the marathon in 2010. He explains how it was no easy feat for him, however, he managed to cross the finish line after 7:09:44! Although not the best time, he deserves all the respect for crossing the finish line!
Breaking Bad actor Bryan Cranston ran the New York City Marathon in 1985. According to the New Yorker magazine, he apparently was a spectator the previous year and got so inspired by the presence of incredible humanity, old people, children, people in costumes, handicapped people, that he decided to run it himself. There is nothing quite like the sideline encouragement to add to the marathon thrill.
Mario Lopez, ex-husband of Ali Landry, and the former Saved by the Bell star, and now host of the Extra, ran the 2011 New York City Marathon. He explains how running is his personal time to think, since he is surrounded by people all the time. He ran his first marathon in 4:23:29.
Actor and comedian Eddie Izzard in 2009 did not only ran a marathon, but he ran a shocking 43 marathon in 51 days! And he trained for only five weeks prior! He did this in order to raise money for Sport Relief charity. His personal best time was 5:00:30 during his last marathon, after running 1,100 miles across Britain
Shia LaBeouf, most recently known as the Transformers star, ran the Los Angeles Marathon in 2010, his first marathon, for the U.S Vets, which helps help to needy veterans. He says he was inspired by his father, a Vietnam veteran, as well as his grandfather who was a Green Beret. He finished the marathon in 4:35:31.
Lord of the Rings star, Sean Astin ran his third Marathon in the 2012 Los Angeles Marathon, setting a personal record of 4:04. He tells Runner’s World that the best run is unrelated to distance and is more about finding a comfortable stride and that his perfect stride is pulling his shoulders back and opening up his chest.
With Oprah’s constant ‘anyone can do it’ mentality of 1994, it might not come as such a shock that she has run a marathon. She ran the Marine Corps Marathon in 4:29:15. Her marathon time became a popular goal for many runners, thinking that if they could surely do better than her.
Sean Combs, rapper and entrepreneur, also known as P.Diddy signed up for the 2003 New York City Marathon with a specific goal; to beat Oprah’s time. He finished the race in 4:14:54 after a mere two months of training as well as on an injured knee. Thankfully, he did not only reach his goal but also raised over $2 million for children.
Will Ferrell had already run a few marathons but when it came to the 2003 Boston Marathon, he got mad serious about training. He finished in a respectful time of 3:56:12 and explains how the key to running a marathon is to have a sense of humor, and know when it will be painful because its presence is inevitable.
Actor Ryan Reynolds ran the New York City Marathon in 2008. He ran in honor of his father, who suffered from Parkinson’s disease and raised money for the worthy cause. He crossed the finish line in 3:50:22, although he considers himself a ‘’running joke’ and does not see himself as a real athlete.
Actor Edward Norton trained for the 2009 New York City Marathon in order to raise money for the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust. He finished the marathon with a time of 3:48:01. He achieved this time by training in Kenya, where the climat is harder to run in, and he also had some of the world’s best runners among him.
George W. Bush
George W. Bush ran the 1993 Houston Marathon. He Runner’s World that running this marathon was an experience he will never forget. He also explains that it was something that made him feel 10 years younger and so alive. He crossed the finish line in an impressive time of 3:44:52.
Frontman Joe Strummer of The Clash ran three full marathons in the early ‘80s during the band’s peak, including the 1982 Paris Marathon and 1983 London Marathon. He says his training plan was drinking 10 pints of beer the night before a race, and that he didn’t run at all a month prior to the race. Although his best marathon time is 3:20, don’t try this at home!
Senate Majority Leader, politician, and lawyer Harry Reid ran the Boston Marathon, back in the day in 1972, and finished with an incredibly impressive time of 3:16! He nearly broke a world record with this time! Who would think that this guy was such an athlete as well?
News anchor, talk show host, journalist and Television producer Lisa Ling ran the 2002 Boston Marathon with a finishing time of 4:34:18. She started running in China at the age of 21 while she was studying Chinese in Beijing. She explains that she started to eat so much junk and realized that she needed to make a lifestyle switch.
John McIntyre, the New Kids on the Block singer, as well as a record producer, ran the Boston Marathon in 2013. He finished in a respectable time of 3:57! He has participated in sixty-five theatrical productions! This guy certainly does not lack accomplishment!
David James Elliot
Actor David James Elliot, best known for his roles in JAG, Police Academy 3: Back in Training and Clockwatchers ran the Boston Marathon in 2000, finishing in 4:57:23. He has run four full marathons until today, which is not so suprising when you take a look at his perfect body.
Natalie Morales, the West Coast editor of the Today show ran her first marathon in 2006 at the New York City Marathon with an incredibly fast time of 3:31:02! She also ran the 2014 Boston Marathon in 3:34:45! This woman seriously seems to have it all!
Actor Anthony Edwards, also know as the sweet Dr. Green on the show ER can also be rather fierce, especially when it comes to running. He ran the Chicago Marathon in 2003 with a time of 3:55:40, and the 2009 New York City Marathon in 4:08:20, while maintaining his good-hearted character by raising money to build a hospital in Kenya.
Star of the movie Boyhood Ethan Hawke ran the 2015 New York City Marathon for the Doe Fund, an American organization that provides work, housing, education, and counseling to the homeless. He finished with a time or 4:25:30. He says that fame was not his friend during the marathon. He found it so challenging and he was in so much pain that all he really wanted was to be anonymous in that moment.
Canadian singer Alanis Morissette teamed up with Ed Norton in raising money for the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust by running the 2009 New York City Marathon. Although she could not keep up with his pace and run it together, she crossed the finish line 4:28:45.
Meredith Vieria, former Today show co-anchor says that although she always dreamed of running it marathon it was fact Al Roker, her colleague who gave her the needed push to actually do it. She even ended up finishing an hour and 10 minutes before him, with a time of 5:59.