I am not going to lie to you and say that I am an athlete. I like to dabble in my yoga and pilates, but running has always seemed to escape me, so when I see anyone running (especially, a marathon) by choice my mind is blown with jealousy and admiration. The always fabulous Uzo Aduba is currently preparing for this year's Boston Marathon, which takes place on April 20, running as part of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s marathon challenge.
This is not the Orange Is The New Black actress' first marathon, and she is just one in the list of many fellow celebrities who have gone from spectator to participant to raise money for the causes they are passionate about. And I don't know about you, but knowing they willingly ran over 26 miles gives them a little extra check in my book.
I never would think my angsty ’90s queen would be into marathons, but they seem to have changed her life. She first ran in 2009 for the National Eating Disorders Association and in 2010 in NYC with the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust. After her first marathon she shared with People, “I’ve learned how to enjoyably fuel myself… Participating in this marathon has inspired me to treat my body like an instrument.”
In 2009, Edward Norton ran the NYC Marathon with three Maasai warriors. Not too shabby, eh? He is a big supporter of the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust, and joined over 30 runners to raise money to protect their land in Africa. Alanis Morissette was part of his team that year.
Shia LaBeouf loves to keep it weird and ran a “marathon” as part of a conceptional art performance in Amsterdam. But, don’t let that fool you, he has actually participated in a real marathon, too. He ran in the 2010 Los Angeles Marathon, and had an impressive time of 4 hours and 35 minutes!
Oprah can do anything! In 1994, she ran the Marine Corps Marathon with an exceptional time of 4 hours and 29 minutes, beating the average time.
P. Diddy has one of the most impressive celeb running times of 4 hours and 14 minutes at the 2003 NYC Marathon. He ran to raise $2 million for New York’s public schools and children suffering from HIV and AIDS.
Mario Lopez has run both the Boston Marathon and the NYC Marathon and says that “running is the best way to condition.”
Ryan Reynolds has the body of an Adonis, so it’s almost no surprise that he’d work on his fitness by running some marathons. Reynolds ran in the 2008 NYC Marathon and told People, “I’m still standing. I’m very excited about that… It was an incredible experience.”
Turlington is a supermodel and must keep her body in shape, so running 26 miles should do the trick. She ran her first marathon in NYC in 2011 for her favorite charity, Every Mother Counts. She then returned with the organization in 2013.
Pamela Anderson ran the 2013 New York City Marathon and didn’t have all beautiful things to say about the experience. She told Ellen Degeneres, “Yeah, I finished, it was hard… Those last five miles. It was like giving birth and then being told to run as you’re giving birth.” OUCH. She also posted a hilarious photo on her Twitter of her body recuperating. Bravo, Pamela!