We’ve all heard it about Puffy, P.Diddy or whatever his name is crushed 26.2 and of course, so did Oprah. Katie Holmes followed the trend in New York City (perhaps she was running away from Tom “crazypants” Cruise?) as did Lance Armstrong at the Boston Marathon (although that result might be erased from the record books).
Recently I found myself wondering what other celebrities have run marathons? So, I embarked on a bit of research and dug up some surprising celebrities who have gone all the way.
1.) Mario Lopez. The entertainment show, pageant, reality show host with the most ran the Boston Marathon in 2002, and he didn’t pick up the sport just to show up Zack or impress Kelly. He ran as part of a charity team for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of America and he’s got some seriously sweet pecs. Just sayin’.
The benefits of being fast. “I’ll be long gone before some smart person ever figures out what happened inside this Oval Office.” – George W. Bush
2.) George W. Bush. Sure, Paul Ryan and Sarah Palin are the most recent Republican politicians in the news for their marathon running, but did you know our most recent ex-president also has run 26.2? Reportedly training for only a month, he was a natural, completing the 1993 Houston Marathon in 3 hours and 44 minutes. Not too shabby, right?
Aim high. “Here’s the deal I’m the best there is. Plain and simple. I wake up in the morning and I piss excellence.” – Will Ferrell as Ricky Bobby in Talledega Nights
3.) Will Ferrell. Yep. I guess his streaking scene in Old School could have been prep work for his 2003 appearance at the Boston Marathon. This elf is a legit runner who handled 26.2 in under 4 hours.
4.) Shia LaBeouf. Even Stevens anyone? The Disturbia star completed the Los Angeles Marathon in March 2010 and ran in support of veterans’ charities. He said the experience transformed him. (Yeah, that was as bad as you thought it was!)
5.) Alanis Morisette. You oughta know that this singer is another charity runner. She supported the Masai Wilderness Conservation Trust at the 2009 New York City Marathon. The Jagged Little Pill singer, claiming to be 90% vegan, also ran the Bizz Johnson Marathon outside of San Francisco with her twin brother Wade, raising awareness for the National Eating Disorders Association. She was then quoted in Runner’s World as saying “I think there is no better way to invite a human being to view their body differently than by inviting them to be an athlete, by revering one’s body as an instrument rather than just an ornament.” This is some good advice we should take. Don’t you think?
Do you know of any celebrities who have run a marathon? Does this inspire you? Or does it just annoy you? And most importantly, are Al Gore’s shorts in that photo going to give you nightmares?