You might not be able to sing like Ellie Goulding or act like Katie Holmes [insert signature Joey Potter side smile], but you can run like them. They’re part of an ever-growing list of celebrities who have pounded the pavement for 26.2 miles.
Welcome to the wild world of Famous People Running Marathons, where that person grunting next to you as you pass the 22-mile mark may have once fought robots on the big screen. While the reason behind them signing up, donning a bib, and lining up at the start varies—some have been avid runners for years, others are in it to raise money for their favorite cause—they are all united by one thing: making it across the finish line.
Whether you’re running the New York City Marathon on Sunday, November 1 or cheering it on from the sidewalk or your couch, keep an eye out for a familiar face. It just might just be your favorite star hitting the wall. Because celebs, they’re just like us, right?
Ellie Goulding (above) is an avid half marathoner—and has been since she was a teen. Needless to say, the Nike-backed singer’s times have been impressive; at the 2013 Nike Women’s Half Marathon in Washington, D.C., she finished in the top 400 (out of 15,000 runners)
Katie Holmes ran the New York City Marathon in 2007. Her time was 5:29:58 (and no, unfortunately Dawson Leery did not get it on camera).
Ryan Reynolds finished the New York City Marathon in 2008 in just under four hours. We have a feeling that some of his fellow runners were more than happy to help him across the finish line.
Shia LaBeouf ran the 25th annual Los Angeles Marathon in 2007, and he’s been giving motivational speeches ever since.
Christy Turlington Burns (above) has run multiple marathons, including ones in New York and London. Turlington is also the founder of the non-profit Every Mother Counts, which raises awareness (and money) around maternal health through participating in races. (We got a peek at her race training diet here.)
Will Ferrell may make us laugh but he takes his running seriously, finishing three marathons in cities as far-flung as Stockholm.
Pamela Anderson crossed the finish line of the New York CIty Marathon in 2013. Turns out all of that beach running on Baywatch was as much about training as it was titillating.
Ethan Hawke and his wife Ryan Hawke will be running in the New York City Marathon this year. So much for that Gen X slacker stereotype.
Alicia Keys is hitting the concrete jungle (where dreams are made of…) on November 1 with her brother. It’s not her first marathon, however; she also ran one in Greece to help prepare for a movie role. —Jennifer Hare
For more information, visit tcsnycmarathon.org
(Photo: Instagram/CTurlington; Instagram/EllieGoulding; Instagram/CTurlington)
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