30 Celebrities Who've Run the New York City Marathon
Celebs—they’re just like you! You’ve heard that one before, but when it comes to marathoning, it’s actually true. Every year, notables from the worlds of food, fashion, film, TV, music, and sports take on the TCS New York City Marathon and they do it just like any other runner would: They raise money for causes close to their hearts, they suck it up during long runs, they learn how to rip into a PowerGel. Some get such a rush from running the five boroughs that they come back to do it all over again.
Remember Mikey Walsh from The Goonies? That’s actor Sean Astin, who ran a 6:02:33 at the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon.
The former New York Giants running back is a regular at the TCS New York City Marathon—he’s crossed the finish line the past four years. In November 2017, the NYRR Team for Kids Ambassador clocked a 4:38:15.
The restaurateur, cookbook author, and former Top Chef contestant and judge has finished the New York City Marathon five times. The 45-year-old ran the 2017 race in 5:15:16.
The retired pro tennis player ran the 2015 TCS New York City Marathon in 3:51:19, raising money the James Blake Foundation, which funds research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
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The retired Real Madrid striker ran the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon in 3:26:05.
The hip-hop artist clocked a 4:14:54 at the New York City Marathon in 2003—he was going by P. Diddy at the time—and raised $2 million to support kids, including those in NYC public schools.
At age 50, the celebrity chef, author, and TV personality completed her first marathon at the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon, where she ran as an NYRR Team for Kids Ambassador and finished the race in 5:40:01.
Celebrity chef, restaurateur, and Food Network star Bobby Flay spent the 2000s cooking up a New York City Marathon personal best—he ran the race in 2002, 2006, and 2010, when he finished in 4:01:37.
Actor and comedian Kevin Hart ran the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon in 4:05:06 but—funny story—he wasn’t the most popular Kevin Hart in the race. Kevin Hart of Hollywood—Florida, not California—was the top-tracked runner in the TCS New York City Marathon Mobile App. The name mix-up garnered media attention for “the other Kevin Hart,” who ran the TCS New York City Marathon to celebrate his 58th birthday.
When the Desperate Housewives star finished the 2014 TCS New York City Marathon in 5:06:42, she was no stranger to endurance events. Hatcher finished the Malibu Triathlon in 2009.
Actor, writer, and director Ethan Hawke, of Training Day and Boyhood fame, finished the 2015 TCS New York City Marathon in 4:25:30. He ran alongside his wife, Ryan Hawke, to raise money for The Doe Fund, an organization that works to break the cycles of homelessness, addiction, and incarceration.
Joey Potter’s jogs around the Worthington campus paid off—at age 30, Dawson’s Creek alum Katie Holmes finished the 2007 New York City Marathon in 5:29:58.
The model and body activist ran the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon as an NYRR Team for Kids Ambassador. After finishing the race in 5:43:03, she celebrated with her husband at the finish line.
The Eleven Madison Park co-owner secured a speedy 3:12:10 finish at the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon, where he ran with a team of 20 colleagues to raise money for No Kid Hungry. He also finished the race in 2008 and 2015.
Six years after her collaboration with Jay-Z on the number-one single “Empire State of Mind,” the Manhattan native took on NYC’s biggest race in 2015, finishing in 5:50:52.
The 25-year-old supermodel and Kode with Klossy founder—the org hosts coding summer camps for girls—ran her first 26.2-miler at the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon and finished in 4:41:50.
Mario Lopez played high-school athlete A.C. Slater on Saved by the Bell and grew up to be one himself: He finished the 2011 New York City Marathon in 4:23:30.
YouTuber, filmmaker, and five-time New York City Marathon finisher Casey Neisat ran an event personal best of 3:03:17 in 2013, the fastest finish time on this list.
The retired speed skater and eight-time Olympic medalist is fast on the ice—and the streets of NYC. He finished the 2011 New York City Marathon in 3:25:12.
Last year, the 54-year-old Real Housewives of New York City star made exercise a priority and took on the TCS New York City Marathon. She finished the race in 6:42:06.
At 63 years old, the longtime Today co-host ran the 2010 New York City Marathon and finished in 7:09:44.
The Staten Island native and Sons of Anarchy star ran 3:35:48 at the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon.
The bachata singer returned to his birthplace—Royce is a Bronx native—to run the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon and finished the event in 4:39:30.
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At age 44, the celebrity chef and owner of Harlem’s Red Rooster restaurant ran the 2015 TCS New York City Marathon in 3:36:42, keeping consistent with his 2001 New York City Marathon finish time of 3:34:37.
On November 6, 2016, the Manhattan native returned to his home park to finish the TCS New York City marathon in 3:21:58. The host and executive producer of MTV's Catfish ran on behalf of the J/P Haitian Relief Organization.
The model and Every Mother Counts founder ran the 2011 New York City Marathon in 4:20:47 at age 42. She returned to race the 2013 event, finishing in 4:35:32.
The Tony- and Golden Globe-nominated actor and star of The Conjuring ran the 2013 New York City Marathon in 3:32:35.
The Danish pro tennis player, who’s currently ranked no. 1 on the WTA tour, ran the 2014 TCS New York City Marathon in 3:26:33.
The retired pro soccer player and Survivor: Africa winner ran the 2010 New York City Marathon in 4:16:20. He returned to take on the streets of NYC in 2011 and again in 2015.
Inspired to run this star-studded event? Apply for a spot in the 2018 TCS New York City Marathon. The application will be open through February 15, 2018.