Much like the city itself, the New York City Marathon plays host to a societal microcosm, albeit a ridiculously fit one, of runners from near and far, professional and age group athletes, charity runners, actors, politicians and famous faces from every walk of life. We’ve gathered a list of some of the notable names donning a number for charity to run through the five boroughs on November 2:
Teri Hatcher, a Golden Globe Award winning actress, mom and triathlete, now, at the age of 49, has decided to add marathoner to her list of accomplishments. Hatcher, who is running for the J/P Haitian Relief Organization, got in shape doing CardioFlex classes and used the Couch to 26.2 app for her marathon training.
As the all-time rushing leader for the New York Giants, Tiki Barber, 39, is no stranger to running. Upon retiring from the NFL, Barber enjoyed setting running goals for himself, gradually working up to longer distances. The CBS Sports Radio co-host and his wife, Traci Johnson, are toeing the line to raise money for the PitCCh In Foundation. It is the first marathon for both.
Professional tennis player Caroline Wozniacki, 24, of Denmark, was runner-up at the U.S. Open in September, and is running her very first marathon, actually her first race ever, to benefit the New York Road Runners Team for Kids. Talk about a recovery, Wozniacki, who is currently ranked number 13 in the world, is trading tennis whites and wedding white to run the Marathon (she was scheduled to marry pro golfer Rory McIlroy in November, but he called off the nuptials.) Photo: Caroline Wozniacki
Actress Katrina Bowden, 26, (you may recognize her as Cerie from 30 Rock) uses running to stay in shape. She prefers running outdoors, but found it challenging when she moved to New York City. The Marathon was just the boost she needed to revitalize her interest in running, give back—Bowden is running to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society--and tackle a bucket list goal. Photo: Ben Jorgensen
This year marks the third time for Richard Blais, 42, to run the Marathon, four if you count when he ran the course in 2012 even though the race was cancelled, with a personal-best time of 4:31:54. The chef, restaurateur and winner of the television show Top Chef: All-Stars admittedly runs to eat and stay in shape for coast-to-coast restaurant career, and is also running to benefit Grassroots Soccer.
As co-founder of the PitCCh In Foundation with her husband, New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia, Amber Sabathia, 33, decided that in order to ask others to run the New York City Marathon on behalf of the Foundation, she should run it too. This will be her first marathon.
Radio personality and Power 105.1 DJ Angie Martinez, 43, also known as “The Voice of New York,” is letting her feet do the talking by toeing the line at her very first marathon to raise money for the PitCCh In Foundation. 2003 New York City Marathon finisher Sean “Diddy” Combs donated more than $26,000 to her cause. After finishing a 19.5-mile group training run, Martinez called out her training group in an Instagram post with the following caption, “None of us were runners or athletes but over the past few months we have all pushed ourselves further then we ever imagined to support the PitCCh In foundation in their efforts to enrich the lives of inner city youth.”
Running isn’t new to Adriana Henao, 39, a mom, reality celebrity personality (Henao appeared in season three of the ABC series Celebrity Wife Swap) and partner to three-time Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves, who ran a 2:11:10 at the Allstate Life Insurance 13.1 Marathon in Fort Lauderdale last November. Henao is running on behalf of the J/P Haitian Relief Organization.
American Nordic combined skier and 2010 Winter Olympics gold medalist Bill Demong, 34, wants to bring his snow speed to the streets of New York for his first marathon and is aiming for a sub-three hour finish. He’s running for Team for Tomorrow.
Joe Bastianich, 46, is ready to pound the pavement in New York for a sixth time, and possibly better his 3:42:36 Big Apple personal best. The chef, world-wide restaurateur, winemaker and MasterChef judge, who also competes in IRONMAN triathlons, uses running to balance the excesses of his chef lifestyle and hones his running and cycling skills in Italy, where he spends summers with his family.
MLB Network host and reporter Sam Ryan is running the New York City Marathon for the second straight year, but training is a challenge for her with her busy travel schedule. Last year, she ran the Rock 'n' Roll St. Louis 1/2 Marathon while in town covering the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series.
Alexis Welch, 31, wife of New York Knicks forward Amar’e Stoudemire, is running the Marathon, her first, as part of the 15-person team for the PitCCh In Foundation.
The 48-year old host of Morning Drive on the Golf Channel is well known for his passion and knowledge of all things related to the links. Yet this November, the host is trading his golf spikes for running shoes to raise money for the Buck Williams MBA Fellowship at the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School.