Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Celebrity Marathoners:

Normally I do not concern myself or post about celebrity news or gossip, but I did find it interesting which celebrities are also marathoners and what times they clocked in at. I will brag a bit here in that Lance Armstrong, who is the most successful cyclist of all time did train full-time for a marathon for several years, and when Lance trains he is insane with his training, just read his book It's Not About The Bike to get a glimpse of how hard he trains and races. Let's just say that with all of that training and a full-time crew with him, if we toed the line at the start of a marathon I think I'd beat him by about a minute, at least that's what are PRs say. Enough bragging here is the list of some famous people who have ran and completed a marathon, enjoy.

Lance Armstrong, 2006 (2:59:36) and 2007 (2:46:43) New York City Marathon

After he finished the New York City Marathon in 2006, Lance Armstrong called the marathon "without a doubt the hardest physical thing I have ever done." But it didn't stop the seven-time Tour de France champion from attempting the race again the following year. He trained a little better in 2007, which resulted in a better time and less pain.

Natalie Morales, 2006 New York City Marathon (3:31:02)

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Let's just say my first marathon was slower than Natalie Morales' time.

George W. Bush, 1993 Houston Marathon (3:44:52)

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I am very impressed with GW's time, so what if his approval rates were never near that of Clinton's. If those two faced off I'd take Bush and his 3:44 over Clinton and his frequent Big Mac stops any race.

Ed Norton, 2009 New York City Marathon (3:48:01)

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Actor Ed Norton, well known for his roles in American History X, Primal Fear, and Fight Club, ran the New York City Marathon in support of the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust. Ed Norton seems like the type of guy that would crank out a marathon, especially if it was towards a good cause.

Will Ferrell, 2003 Boston Marathon (3:56:12)

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No offense but I have a hard time picturing Will Ferrell being serious for more than one minute let alone all of the training and the nearly four hours it took him to run it. Nice going Will, you surprised me.

Sarah Palin, 2005 Humpy's Marathon (3:59:36)

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Sarah Palin get a lot of criticism and a lot of it in my opinion is deserved, but one thing that I do admire about Mrs. Palin is the fact that in such a short period of time you can rise from just an "ordinary" American to impact and accomplish a lot in this county. I give her credit for her willingness and passion at what she does. Now, I won't get into how much I actually agree with Mrs. Palin, but it does not surprise me that she was able to clock in a sub 4 hour marathon.

Anthony Edwards, 2003 Chicago Marathon (3:55:40) and 2009 NYC Marathon (4:08:20)

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Anthony Edwards, I think he was on ER...right? Sorry Anthony, I heard you ran for a good cause though, good for you.

Sean Combs (P. Diddy) 2003 New York City Marathon (4:14:54)

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Sean "P Diddy/Puff Daddy/Whatever" Combs managed to run the NYC marathon with about two months training and it looked like it showed, but he raised a boat load of money for children s charities so I think he'd say it was worth it.

Alanis Morissette, 2009 New York City Marathon (4:28:45)

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Singer Alanis Morissette also ran the NYC marathon and joined efforts with Ed Norton by raising money for the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust.

Oprah Winfrey, 1994 Marine Corps Marathon (4:29:15)

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Is there anything Oprah can't do?

Al Gore, 1997 Marine Corps Marathon (4:54:25)

Al Gore
Now not to discredit Mr. Gore, but with all of that reducing your carbon footprint talk you'd think he'd be out there pounding the pavement a bit more.

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