Thursday, October 14, 2010

20 celebrity marathon runners that you wouldn't expect

A reader e-mailed this story to me the other day. It's a Nursing Schools blog entry on 20 surprising celebrities that have finished a marathon at one point or another. Considering we're 9 days away from Mankato's first-ever marathon, I figured readers would get a kick out of it.

The most surprising entries on the list (at least for me):

  • Will Farrell apparently ran Boston Marathon in 2003. No word yet on whether or not he did it while streaking. Even more shocking, he ran Boston more than an hour faster than Saved by the Bell star Mario Lopez, at least according to this website. When looking at the two of them, which would you think to be the better marathon runner?
  • Anthony Edwards (aka Goose from 'Top Gun') ran both the Chicago and New York City marathons. He should have talked Tom Cruise into running those with him. That way, he could have looked 7-feet tall in all the race photos.
  • Nightline anchor Ted Koppel ran the 1983 Marine Corps Marathon, apparently getting beat handily by World News anchor Charlie Gibson.
  • Sarah Palin clocked in at just under 4 hours in the 2005 Humpty's Marathon in Alaska. She's a fleet-footed Maverick.
  • Dana Carvey ran the 1972 Ocean to Bay Marathon in 3:04:21, easily the fastest time out of any celebrity listed. Considering his prowess on the drums (skip to the 1:30 mark), I kind of figured Carvey would be a decent athlete. Still, 3:04:21 is a darn good time for just about anybody.
After this year, you can add Jared from Subway to that list. As the saturation of Subway commercials have indicated, he's training for the New York City Marathon on November 7. We can only assume he'll be decked out in head-to-toe Subway attire.

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