You wouldn’t necessarily expect to see famous faces when you’re watching a marathon, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t there. Actors, musicians and TV personalities love to get in on the action, whether it’s for exercise, for charity or just for fun. Here’s a bunch of celebrities who aren’t afraid of going the distance:
Funnyman Will Ferrell ran the Boston Marathon in 2003, sporting a mustache for his upcoming film "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy." Ferrell, who often runs with his wife Viveca, has also completed the New York City Marathon and the Stockholm Marathon.
Sean 'P Diddy' Combs
Music mogul Sean "P. Diddy" Combs ran the 2003 New York City Marathon, raising over $2 million for charity in the process. "I've never experienced mental or physical pain like that," Combs said of the marathon.
Back in 2007, Katie Holmes ran the New York City Marathon while then-husband Tom Cruise and daughter Suri looked on.
Ryan Reynolds took part in the 2008 New York City Marathon to raise money for Michael J. Fox's Foundation for Parkinson's Research. The actor ran in honor of his father Jim, who suffers from Parkinson's disease.
Edward Norton, known for his roles in "Fight Club" and "American History X," ran the 2009 New York City Marathon to raise money for the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust. When all was said and done, the actor and 29 of his MWCT team members raised over $1.2 million.
You oughta know that back in 2009, Alanis Morissette ran two marathons. The first was the Bizz Johnson Trail Marathon in California, in which she ran to benefit the National Eating Disorders Association, and the second was the New York City Marathon, which she ran as part of the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust team.
In 2010, Shia LeBeouf ran the Los Angeles Marathon on behalf of U.S Vets, a nonprofit organization that provides services for homeless veterans.
Most people know Bobby Flay as a celebrity chef and restauranteur, but he's also an avid runner. The New York native has run in three New York City Marathons (2002, 2006 and 2010), and once told reporters that he ponders food during the events. “I change my menus on my runs," said Flay. "It’s a great time to think.”
Actor and game show host Drew Carey (also a former member of the United States Marine Corps Reserve) cut his teeth on the Marine Corps Historic Half Marathon and the Disneyland Half Marathon before completing the Marine Corps Marathon in 2011.
Christy Turlington Burns
Model Christy Turlington Burns faced a different kind of runway in 2011 when she participated in the New York City Marathon. Turlington ran to support Every Mother Counts, an organization that aids in safer pregnacy and childbirth practices across the globe.
Last but not least, how can we forget about Oprah Winfrey? The talk show host and entertainment icon ran in the 1994 Marine Corps Marathon, famously finishing in just under four and a half hours. Today, casual marathon participants still use "The Oprah line" (her finishing time) as the standard to which they strive.