The New York City Marathon, fully reinstated for the first time since COVID-19 began, took place this past Sunday in the Big Apple. Over 50,000 runners began in Staten Island and finished in Central Park after completing the legendary 26.2 mile course.
As usual, many celebrities and media personalities came out to either run the race or cheer on the racers. Many high-profile people use the race as an opportunity to raise money for a charity or special interest cause that is important to them.
Some of the well-known names who participated in this year’s race included actors Ashton Kutcher, Ellie Kemper, Claire Holt, & Lauren Ridloff, as well as Olympians like American hockey player Meghan Duggan, Norwegian cross-country skier Marit Bjørgen, and Puerto Rican tennis player Monica Puig.
According to Kutcher’s team at Thorn, the actor’s non-profit which aims to reduce online child exploitation and sexual abuse, it was his first marathon. Kutcher finished his race with a time of 3:54:01 — pretty remarkable considering he dealt with serious autoimmune diseases just a couple years ago.
Kutcher said afterwards that his pre-race hype had already raised over $1 million for Thorn.
Similarly, actress Ellie Kemper (The Office, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) also ran in support of a charitable cause — The Brotherhood Sister Sol, which works with black and Latin youth on “educating, organizing, and training to challenge inequality and champion opportunity for all.”
Kemper told her Instagram followers that this was her first ever marathon. She finished with a time of 5:17:39.
According to several scientific studies over recent years, running has shown itself to have superior health benefits over many other types of exercise. The risk of death in runners is 30-45% lower than non-runners, even when other risk factors for morbidity apply. Smoking, obesity, alcohol consumption, socioeconomic status and more, and other common risk factors for early death were also heavily reduced thanks to regular exercise. Just don’t forget to mix in some weight-training, as well!