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13 Celebrities Who Ran the NYC Marathon

For the past 50 years, people from all over the world have taken part in the New York City Marathon. People run for over 26 miles, through five boroughs to get to the finish line. People train for months, even years, leading up to the world-famous event — and that includes A-list celebrities. This event is for everyone, from your neighbor to your favorite actor. But it’s a grueling race, with some running as long as six hours to get to that sought-after finish line.

Stars like Kevin Hart and Alicia Keys have trained to make their way to the top of the race. And many of them do it for charity, helping to raise millions for underprivileged kids and underrepresented communities with their fundraising efforts. This years, stars on that list include Bachelor Nation alums Tayshia Adams, raising money for humanitarian aid organization World Vision and Matt James, raising money for ABC Food Tours and the scholarship program set up in honor of Bachelorette contestant Tyler Cameron’s mom, the Andrea C. Cameron Foundation.

Many celebrities also enjoy sharing their fitness journeys through social media. In 2015, Alicia Keys posted a video to Facebook documenting the day of the marathon, all the way to the breathless, triumphant finish. “This is like one for the books that we said ‘we did it’ and we did it together,” she said in voiceover, per HuffPost. “I never ran the entire city, all five boroughs. This is going to be the first time I see it in a new way.” We love seeing people get excited and feel accomplished after running the historic feat!

From our favorite stars of the 1980s to our favorite singers, check out which celebrities have run in (and finished) the NYC Marathon.

A version of this article was originally published on Nov 2021.

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