7 International Celebrities Who Run Marathons

Sometimes, a marathon is the best event to reach for the stars, and by that, we are talking about world-renowned celebrities who often grace your television screens. Not just that, it also gives you the opportunity to catch them at their most unglamorous; a rare and authentic contrast against their on-screen personas.

Here are 7 international celebrity runners who, for a few hours, trade in their posh lifestyles to bust their legs in grueling marathons. Be sure to say hello, but you've got to catch them first, though - they are quick!


Gordon Ramsay

In critically-acclaimed television shows like Hell's Kitchen and Kitchen Nightmares, you will find celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay barking instructions and turning up the pressure on his apprentices and troubled restaurant owners alike. He also sets the pace in the kitchen, doing things quickly and effectively

It also turns out that his pace and appetite for success on the road is just as impressive. Chef Ramsay had participated in more than 15 marathons, three ultra-marathons, three half-Ironmans, as well as the world's toughest ironman competition in Hawaii. What's more, he clocked an impressive 4:26:21 during the 2012 London Marathon. Not just a chef, but a hellishly tough chef indeed.

Photo Credit: http://www.menshealth.com/fitness/15-celebrity-marathon-runners?slide=12

Pamela Anderson

She shot to fame in television show Baywatch, and now, she is shooting for the finish line. Model and actress Pamela Anderson had shown that age is but a number, by taking part in the 2013 New York City Marathon in order to raise funds for the J/P Haitian Relief Organization.

Bruised and battered at the end, the 48-year-old still managed to complete the race in 5:41:03, despite being seen grabbing her right leg in pain.

Photo Credit: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2486856/Pamela-Anderson-left-bruised-sore-taking-New-York-Marathon-long-distance-run.html

Caroline Wozniacki

You can be forgiven for thinking that as a sportswoman, former World Number 1 Tennis star Caroline Wozniacki would find marathons a breeze; she has, after all, blown through competitors unfortunate enough to face her on the court.

However, Wozniacki was very much mortal during her marathon debut in the 2014 New York City Marathon. "I thought I was gonna die," she said upon completing the race. Despite the lack of preparation and experience however, Wozniacki clocked an impressive 3:26:33, more than enough to qualify for the exclusive Boston Marathon.

Photo Credit: http://olympics.nbcsports.com/2014/11/02/caroline-wozniacki-finishes-new-york-marathon-tennis-bill-demong/

Jenson Button

While he is not zipping around on the race track, Formula One driver Jenson Button can be seen demonstrating his speed even without his car.

An avid marathon and triathlon runner, the stellar Formula One driver had the London Marathon and the Ironman in the Philippines under his belt. He even completed the former in 2014 (his first in that series) with an incredible 2:52:30, an elite timing by marathon standards.

Besides being a regular competitor, Button also hosts charitable triathlons to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

Photo Credit: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/formulaone/article-3056769/Jenson-Button-hails-amazing-atmosphere-Formula-One-star-completes-London-Marathon-2015-impressive-time.html

Will Ferrell

They say laughter is the best medicine, and it seems to be working for the Anchorman star as he takes on the pavement.

Apart from his outrageous sense of humour, comedian and actor Will Ferrell is also known for his active participation in marathons, having completed the 2001 New York City Marathon and the 2002 Stockholm Marathon with his wife. In 2003, Ferrell completed the prestigious Boston Marathon with a respectable 3:56:12.

Photo Credit: http://www.ranker.com/list/celebrities-who-run/celebrity-lists?format=SLIDESHOW&page=2

Mario Lopez

He was a teen heartthrob who starred in the classic 90s television show Saved by the Bell. Now, you can see him hosting the entertainment show Extra, as well as other reality shows like The X Factor.

However, Mario Lopez's history of marathon participations is proof that he is more than just good looks and charm. The 42-year-old host and actor has several marathons to his name, such as the Las Vegas Marathon in 2014, and the New York City Marathon (seems like most celebrities will at some point run in this one) in 2011, where he completed the race in 4:23:29. "Running has become therapeutic for me," he said. "I can clear my mind and I can just go through my day and have a lot of clarity. It's become sort of a ritual now."

Photo Credit: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/more-sports/9-celebs-run-new-york-city-marathon-article-1.2408419

Haruki Murakami

The award-winning author of many household titles like Norwegian Wood and Sputnik Sweetheart, Haruki Murakami is also an avid fan of running. Initially, running is a means to keep himself fit whilst juggling writing and running a bar back in 1978. Soon after, it became an addiction.

Today, the 66-year-old had completed more than 30 marathons around the world, including the Boston Marathon, in which he had ran 6 times. In 2005, he completed the New York Marathon in just 4:10:17, an amazing feat for someone who was 56 years old at that time!

Photo Credit: http://hmurakami.tumblr.com/


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