15 Celebrity Marathon Runners Menshealth

June 5, 2014 by staff 

15 Celebrity Marathon Runners Menshealth, They may have fame and money, but celebrities are just like everybody else when they line up to run 26.2 miles. They face the same pre-race jitters, the same doubts in the course, and the same aching hamstrings at mile 16. Whether they ran for charity or were pushing for a personal best time, these entertainers, musicians, and pro sports stars can boast of conquering the marathon. What do you think? Can you hang with their top times?

Tedy Bruschi
Time: 4 hours, 47 minutes, 44 seconds
Race: 2014 Boston Marathon

The ESPNanlyst and former New England Patriots linebacker ran this marathon for his charity Tedy’s Team, which raises funds for stroke research. (He had a stroke of his own in 2005.) Bruschi also ran Boston in 2012 in a time of 5:26 when the temperatures were abnormally hot. “At 3 a.m. that night I had to go to the hospital to get IVs,” he told Runner’s World. “I was like, ‘Holy smokes, how could anyone do this!’ ”

Pamela Anderson
Time: 5 hours, 41 minutes
Race: 2013 New York City Marathon

“Yeah, I finished, it was hard,” Anderson said on The Ellen Show after the race. “Those last five miles. It was like giving birth and then being told to run as you’re giving birth.” It was the buxom blonde’s first marathon, and she raised $76,000 with her brother for the J/P Haitian Relief Organization, a nonprofit founded by actor Sean Penn.

Bill Rancic
Time: 4:57
Race: 2013 New York City Marathon

This isn’t Bill Rancic’s first marathon, but the first winner of The Apprentice started this race in dead last with the goal of raising money with each runner he passed for the Fab-U-Wish charity that supports women fighting breast and ovarian cancer. (The charity was started by his wife, E! News host Giuliana Rancic.) “I knew this would be a special day for a lot of reasons, but I’m overwhelmed by the support of this city,” he said to Runner’s World after the race.

Christy Turlington Burns
Time: 4:20
Race: 2011 New York City Marathon

Her first marathon in 2011 was her fastest, but the supermodel also ran the 2013 New York City Marathon in 4:35 for the charity Every Mother Counts, an organization that supports safe pregnancies and childbirth worldwide. Turlington kept her fans posted on her pre- and post-race moments via her Instagram account, including outfit choices. “What to wear? Shorts or pants?”

Natalie Morales
Time: 3:34:45
Race: 2014 Boston Marathon

The Today Show co-anchor trained for the 2014 Boston Marathon by running laps in Central Park, and ran for The One Fund and the Challenged Athletes Foundation charities that benefited bombing victims. Morales had five marathons under her belt, her fastest time coming from the 2006 Hartford Marathon, where she clocked in at 3:31. (She was also featured in Runner’s World’s “I’m a Runner” series back in 2008.)

Patrick Wilson
Time: 3:32:35
Race: 2013 New York City Marathon

The Insidious 2 and Golden Globe-nominated actor for Angels in America finished the 2013 New York Marathon with an impressive time after the 2012 race was cancelled because of Hurricane Sandy. He ran for Michael J. Fox’s Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. “Running has always been a part of my life … just not to this extent,” he told the Michael J. Fox Foxfeed Blog. “It’s athletic meditation to me.”

Summer Sanders
Time: 3:25:35
Race: 2014 Boston Marathon

The former Olympian’s fastest marathon was in the New York City Marathon in 2002, where she clocked in at 3:17. Sanders also ran the 2014 Boston Marathon a year after finishing before the blasts at the finish line. “At the end of a marathon, it’s going to hurt whether you’re speeding up or slowing down,” she told Runner’s World. “You may as well push.”

Joey McIntyre
Time: 3:48:11
Race: 2014 Boston Marathon

The former New Kids On The Block member ran the Boston Marathon for the second year in a row in his hometown of Boston. He finished the 2013 race just five minutes before the blasts at the finish line. He tweeted after finishing the 2014 race, “3:48:11 baby!!! #BostonMarathon. Couldn’t have done it without you guys!!”

Michelle Beadle
Time: 6:08:22
Race: 2013 New York City Marathon

The co-host of ESPN’s SportsNation took her first stab at long-distance races in the summer of 2013 when she ran the Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon, clocking in at 2:28. She actually took to Twitter during her marathon in NYC, tweeting: “Mile 20. Our bodies have begun to fail us. We are in survival mode. And making our way to beer.”

Time: 3:41:49
Race: 2012 Los Angeles Marathon

An avid runner, the Red Hot Chili Pepper bass player described why he was aching to run longer to Runner’s World: “I was never much of a runner before—maybe a little jog here and there, probably never more than a mile in my whole life. Last year, I read Born to Run and it affected me profoundly-the concept of our bodies being used for their real purpose when they’re running. I thought, ‘F-k it. I’m gonna run a marathon and raise money for the Silverlake Conservatory of Music.’”

Gordon Ramsay
Time: 4:26:21
Race: 2012 London Marathon

The celebrity chef and restaurateur is a beast outside the kitchen-and on the race course. Besides marathons, Ramsay is also an Ironman athlete. In 2013 he finished the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii, in 14:04:48, finishing the swim in 1:20, the bike ride in 6:35, and the marathon in just under 6 hours. “I look like a bloody piece of asparagus!” Ramsay told Triathlete magazine during his training.

Sean Astin
Time: 4:31
Race: 2013 Chicago Marathon

The Lord of the Rings actor finished the Chicago marathon-his fourth-slightly slower in 2013. A lifelong runner, Astin recalled his struggle during filming the Lord of the Rings trilogy, when he was forced to take a running hiatus in order to stay plump to play his character Samwise Gamgee. “Lord of the Rings was the single-greatest professional experience of my life and I would do it again in a heartbeat, but the fact that I couldn’t run was absolutely excruciating,” Astin told Runner’s World. He also divulged his fastest marathon time: in 1998, he ran a 4:04.

Richard Blais
Time: 4:33:15
Race: 2013 New York City Marathon

The Top Chef All-Stars winner ran the NYC Marathon in 2011 for the first time. “I discard clothing throughout. It’s a habit, and gives me a weird reward,” he explained to Bravo. “So I’ll lose a jacket at the start, a hat, a long-sleeve shirt and maybe a pair of sunglasses along the way.” The reason he runs? To eat, of course. “[Running] lets me taste what I need to, eat out, and just be comfortable with food.”

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