Running with the Stars: 20 Celebrity Marathoners

Find out which stars have completed a half-marathon or marathon and their finishing times.

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Elisabeth Hasselbeck

This co-host of The View was one of 100,000 women who participated in the MORE/Fitness Half-Marathon on April 3, 2011. She completed the race in one hour, 44 minutes and 32 seconds. Hasselbeck also admits to running as a “bandit” (ie: without registering) to help pace people during the Boston and San Diego marathons, according to Runner’s World.

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Lisa Ling

Ling started running in 1994 after eating delicious, 10-cent bowls of noodles on a trip to China left her six pounds heavier, according to Runner’s World. In 2001, she ran the Boston Marathon in four hours, 34 minutes and 18 seconds in honor of her late uncle and cousin. The American journalist raised awareness and over $100,000 for pediatric cancer research and the Ali & Dad’s Army foundation.


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Katie Holmes

After training for three months, Holmes completed the 2007 New York City Marathon in five hours, 29 minutes and 58 seconds. Her husband, Tom Cruise, cheered her on from the sidelines with daughter Suri, and even managed to snag a kiss, according to People.


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Kerri Strug

After participating in the 1992 and 1996 Olympics and retiring from gymnastics soon after, Strug set a new goal: To run a marathon. She ran her first marathon in 1998 in Houston in four hours, 12 minutes and 6 seconds. The Olympic gold medalist has also participated in the Boston and NYC marathons since then.

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Beth Ostrosky

Howard Stern’s spouse beat her five-hour goal for the 2008 NYC Marathon by 45 minutes, finishing in four hours, 15 minutes, according to the Huffington Post. That morning, her new hubby had prepared her a carb-loaded breakfast and promised her more carbs after the race. The former model says Stern is part of what kept her motivated to finish.


Kim Alexis

The model ran her first marathon in her mid-twenties in Florida in 1985 in four hours, 20 minutes. By 2006, she had crossed the finish line seven more times. Her personal record of three hours, 52 minutes was set in NYC in 1992.


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Alanis Morissette

Not even a month after completing her first marathon in Susanville, CA in 2009 and raising money for the National Eating Disorders Association (Morissette suffered from an eating disorder in her teens), the singer-songwriter completed the New York City Marathon, as well, in four hours, 28 minutes and 45 seconds. She ran alongside Edward Norton and his team of 30 runners to raise awareness and funding for the Maasai Wilderness Conservation trust, according to the Huffington Post. Morissette told People that training for the marathons taught her “how to enjoyably fuel herself.”


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Valerie Bertinelli

Four days before turning 50 in 2010, Bertinelli crossed the Boston Marathon finish line in five hours, 14 minutes and 37 seconds. She and her trainer ran with more than 500 runners to raise funds and awareness for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Completing the marathon was a test of endurance and one of Bertinelli’s goals after losing 40 pounds on Jenny Craig.


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Megyn Price

The Rules of Engagement star is used to racing triathlons, but in August 2011 she changed gears a little bit and participated in the Tinker Bell Half Marathon, for which she was a spokesperson. The half-marathon marked her first time running “so many miles in a row,” she said.


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In 1994, Oprah participated in the Marine Corps Marathon, her first and only marathon. She completed it in four hours, 29 minutes and 20 seconds.


Sarah Palin

The former vice-presidential candidate has been running since she was a kid—she grew up in an active family, according to Runner’s World. Palin’s participated in several marathons, but she clocked her her best time at the 2005 Humpy’s Marathon in Anchorage, finishing in three hours, 59 minutes and 36 seconds.


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Amanda Holden

This Britain’s Got Talent presenter ran her first marathon in 2008 when she participated in the Flora London Marathon. She trained for eight months, which helped her achieve her finish time of four hours, 13 minutes and 22 seconds. Holden ran for Born Free, the animal charity of which she’s a patron.


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Christy Turlington Burns

Our June 2011 cover girl completed the 2011 New York City Marathon in four hours, 20 minutes and 47 seconds. She ran to raise awareness for her maternal health charity Every Mother Counts.


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Kate Gosslin

In 2011, this famous mom of eight finished her first marathon—the Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon—in four hours, 59 minutes and 21 seconds. She’s been a runner for three years.


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Natalie Morales

This speedy Today Show co-host has run many marathons, including her first in New York City in 1995 and her most recent in 2006, which she finished in three hours, 31 minutes and two seconds. In 2009, she competed in her first triathlon.


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Shannon Miller

This seven-time Olympic gymnastics medalist participated in her first marathon in 2006 in New York City. Miller ran with Team for Kids, a group that raises funds on behalf of New York Road Runners youth services. She had run in the Jacksonville Half-Marathon previously, and her friend had convinced her to run 26.2 before she turned 30. Miller was 29 when she completed it in four hours, six minutes and five seconds.

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Jennifer Beals

Our December 2010/January 2011 cover girl says that running gives her energy, according to Runner’s World. In 2008 she completed her first half-marathon in Vancouver in one hour, 57 minutes and 53 seconds—a time significantly shorter than her two-hour-15-minute goal.


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Veronica Webb

When Webb started training for her first New York City Marathon in 2009, she couldn’t run more than five miles, according to Shape. In just 12 weeks, she was able to finish the race in just over six hours. Webb has run the New York City Marathon two more times since then, both to raise money for the Harlem United Community AIDS Center.  


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Sarah Rue

Megyn Price isn’t the only Rules of Engagement star who can run. Rue completed the San Luis Obispo Half Marathon in 2010; it was her first half-marathon. The 12-minute-mile pace she maintained was another accomplishment to add to her list after losing 50 pounds with Jenny Craig. Before she began training, Rue could barely run a mile, according to People.


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Meredith Viera

Foot massages were just what the doctors—err, co-hosts—ordered for this Today Show co-host after she ran the 2010 New York City Marathon in just under six hours. The marathon was her first.


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First Published Tue, 2012-01-10 12:25

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