Hollywood Harriers Line up for NYC Marathon

Want to run around with celebrities?

Then lace up those jogging shoes.

Stars big and smaller turn up at various marathons worldwide, and this year is no exception. ER doc Anthony Edwards, raising cash to build a kid's hospital in Kenya, will be sprinting through the five boroughs of Manhattan at Sunday's New York City Marathon. He'll be joined by actor Edward Norton and singer Alanis Morissette, both of whom are running to raise money for Kenyan conservation efforts. Norton has been Tweeting about his preparation and eliciting playlist suggestions: "You can track my training runs (Ireland, Rwanda, Congo, Kenya) and me and other team members from now through the race day," he wrote.


USA TODAY's Donna Freydkin hustles up other star marathoners from years past.

Gordon Ramsay

What: The London Marathon

When: 2009

The outcome: The volatile and, recently, scandal-plagued celebrity chef — and longtime runner — took his passion from the kitchen to the pavement, crossing the finish line in 4:05:02.

•Ryan Reynolds:

What: The New York City Marathon

When: 2008


The outcome: Reynolds ran to raise money for the Michael J. Fox Foundation, finishing the 26.2 mile run in 3:50:29. Of course, having his wife Scarlett Johansson cheering him on at the sidelines didn't hurt.

Katie Holmes

What: The New York City Marathon

When: 2007

The outcome: Mrs. Tom Cruise completed her first race at around 3:30pm, with a final time of 5:29:58 and was greeted at the finish line by her husband and daughter. And proving her mettle, donned heels to attend a premiere the same night.


Will Ferrell

What: The Boston Marathon

When: 2003

The outcome: He's famous for flashing his flab in films. But in real life, Ferrell is something of a speed demon. Ferrell and his wife ran together, with the comedian finishing in 3:56:12.

Oprah Winfrey

What: The Marine Corps Marathon

When: 1994

The outcome: After displaying her newly svelte bod on her talk-show, Winfrey ran with her trainer and finished the 26.2 mile race held in Arlington, Va., with an impressive time of 4:29:20.