Celebrity Marathon Times: How Do You Compare With These 23 Famous Runners?

From the red carpet to the tarmac

We would be lying if we said we weren’t just a little bit curious about celebrity marathon times…

From the glitz and glamour of Hollywood to the halls of political power, many celebrities have taken on the challenge of the marathon. In the midst of thousands of determined runners, some familiar faces emerge, but who and how fast did they go?

Picture yourself pounding the pavement alongside your favorite movie star or political figure, sharing the sweat, the pain, and maybe even some words of encouragement.

And you can’t help but wonder if you’d beat them… although the fastest celebrity will be hard to beat!

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Celebrity marathon times: Celebs who broke 6 hours

Alicia Keys- 5:50:52

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In 2015 singing sensation Alicia Keys took on the NYC Marathon (New York Marathon) through the concrete jungle where dreams are made of alongside 50,000 fellow runners.

In an interview with Refinery 29, Alicia Keys said: “I’m all about breaking mental boundaries, and training for a marathon falls right into the Jedi mind-training I need.”

Pamela Anderson- 5:41:03

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The 2013 New York Marathon saw Pamela Anderson Baywatch run all the way to the finish line for her first marathon.

Always the activist, Pamela Anderson ran the marathon for Sean Penn’s humanitarian group, J/P Haitian Relief Organization. Pamela admitted that she “didn’t train much,” although she still did a great job of exceeding her goal marathon time, keeping her pace under 15-minute miles.

Celebrity marathon times: Celebs who broke 5 hours 30 minutes

Katie Holmes- 5:29:58

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Narrowly making it across the finish line in under 5:30 at the New York City Marathon in 2007, actress Katie Holmes’s finish triggered an elaborate conspiracy theory that she had cheated her way to the end. Katie Holmes just looked made it look too effortless!

Analysis into her split times eventually revealed that she did in fact run the entire marathon. But the mystery of how she managed to do so in flared yoga pants still remains…

Uzo Aduba- 5:01

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Orange is the New Black star Uzo Aduba ran the 2013 New York City Marathon in just a tad over the 5 hour mark. In an interview on the late night show Conan, she revealed that spectators shouted out her character’s name- “Crazy Eyes”- more than her own!

She also ran the Boston Marathon in 2015 at 5:03.

Celebrity marathon times: Celebs who broke 5 hours

Al Gore- 4:58:25

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Whilst he was still Vice President of the United States, Al Gore ran the Marine Corps Marathon in 1997. He reportedly did so after being dared to run a marathon by his daughters!

If you’ve ever thought you don’t have enough time to run a marathon, Al Gore’s feat puts your excuses to bed.

Tayshia Adams & Zac Clark- 4:40:24

The Bachelor and The Bachelorette stars Tayshia Adams and Zac Clark completed the 2021 New York City Marathon with a time of 4:40:24.

Celebrity marathon times: Celebs who broke 4 hours 30 minutes

Oprah Winfrey- 4:29:20

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What time did Oprah run a marathon? 4:29:20.

In 1994 Oprah Winfrey took on the Marine Corps Marathon. Her 19 month journey inspired the masses thanks to a documentary film crew that accompanied her throughout her training.

In those 19 months, Oprah Winfrey lost 72 pounds in order to reach her goal race weight of 150 pounds.

Upon finishing, she famously said: “It’s the best feeling I’ve ever had. It’s better than an Emmy, I tell you.”

Sean Combs- 4:14:54

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What marathon did P. Diddy run, and what was his finish time? Rapper and entrepreneur Sean Combs, AKA Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, AKA Puff Daddy, ran the New York City Marathon in 2003 with one expressed goal: beating Oprah Winfrey’s 4:29:20 marathon time.

And even though he reportedly only trained for two months, and suffered a knee injury, he did just that. As well as crossing the finish line well under his goal time.

Kevin Hart- 4:05:06

Beyond the laughter and lights of Hollywood, Hart’s marathon endeavors as a multiple marathon finisher showcase his grit and resilience.

How long did it take Kevin Hart to run a marathon?

Stepping onto the course of the 2017 New York City Marathon, Hart clocked in at a commendable 4:05:06.

Sean Astin- 4:04

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Lord of the Rings star Sean Astin has run three marathons. He achieved his 4:04 personal record in the 1998 Los Angeles Marathon and in a 2012 interview Sean Astin said:

“A perfect run has nothing to do with distance. It’s when your stride feels comfortable. You’re on your toes, trying to push it. Suddenly, you realize you can open it up a bit more. I feel it in my chest.

I always look fat in running pictures because my shoulders go back to open my chest up, and it makes my belly stick out. But you know you’re at one with yourself and the environment. You’re a little more alive than before you started.”

Celebrity marathon times: Celebs who broke 4 hours

Chelsea Clinton- 3:59:09

Chelsea Clinton, daughter of former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, completed the 2021 New York City Marathon with a time of 3:59:09.

Pippa Middleton- 3:56:33

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What was Pippa Middleton’s finishing time in the marathon she ran?

Duchess Kate Middleton’s sister Pippa is no stranger to extreme and international marathons. Pippa Middleton placed 32nd at the 2015 Safaricom Lewa Marathon in Kenya, finishing the marathon in just under 4 hours.

Then, just one year later in 2016, Pippa took part in China’s Great Wall Marathon– a race with 5,164 steps and a 820-foot climb in 85-degree heat. She finished the grueling endeavor in 4:54:51.

Will Ferrell- 3:56:12

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Funnyman Will Ferrell completed the 26.2 at the 2003 Boston Marathon.

Upon finishing, he told reporters: “Running marathons is not a question of whether it will be painful, but when it will be painful. It does help to have a sense of humor, but I’m also respectful of the race.”

Natalie Dormer- 3:50:57

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Game of Thrones star Natalie Dormer ran the 2014 London Marathon for her 26.2 debut bagging a 3:50:57 time.

Two years later, in 2016, Natalie Dormer made a repeat appearance at the London Marathon and raised over $7,000 for charity. This time, she missed her previous time by 24 seconds and told reporters- “I’m a tiny bit peeved.”

Ryan Reynolds- 3:50:22

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How fast did Ryan Reynolds run a marathon? 3:50:22.

Acting superstar and international heartthrob Ryan Reynolds, most notably known for his role in Deadpool, ran the 2008 New York Marathon. He raised money to help fight Parkinson’s disease in honor of his father, who suffered from the disease.

In an essay for HuffPost, Ryan Reynolds rallied the public for donations. In it, he wrote:

“Let it be known at the outset, I am not a runner, I am a running joke. Waking up at 4:30 am and jogging anywhere from 11 to 23 miles has been nothing short of horrifying. Although I’ve never given birth to a professional basketball player through one of my tear ducts, I can’t imagine a worse way to start the day.”

Edward Norton- 3:48:01

Renowned for his captivating performances on screen, American Edward Norton showcased his determination off-screen by participating in the 2009 New York City Marathon.

Running to support the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust, Norton’s training in Kenya undoubtedly contributed to his impressive performance on race day

Celebrity marathon times: Celebs who broke 3 hours 45 minutes

George W. Bush- 3:44:52

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Just sneaking in at under 3:45, former U.S. president George W. Bush ran the Houston Marathon in 1993, years before he came to office. To this day, Bush holds the title of being the only U.S. president to have run a marathon.

Michael Peter Balzary AKA Flea- 3:41:49

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Flea, the bass player for the Red Hot Chilli Peppers told Runner’s World in an interview that he was never really a runner. But after reading the running bible Born to Run, he changed tack:

“It affected me profoundly—the concept of our bodies being used for their real purpose when they’re running. I thought, ‘F–k it. I’m gonna run a marathon and raise money for the Silverlake Conservatory of Music.’”

Alanis Morisette- 3:34:28

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Musician Alanis Morisette was no stranger to triathlons when she ran the New York City Marathon in 2010. In an interview with Runner’s World she unpacked the difference between triathlon and marathon runners:

“With the triathlon, the smaller versions of what I was doing, I could barrel through it regardless of what my state was on any given day. For the marathon training, especially some of the longer runs—I have a 14-mile run to do tomorrow—I have to take that into consideration a good 48 hours in advance. I have to make sure I get enough sleep. I have to make sure that I’m eating properly. It’s just a larger scope for me.”

Nev Schulman- 3:22:43

Known for his role in the MTV series “Catfish,” Nev Schulman isn’t just skilled at uncovering online deceptions; he’s also a force to be reckoned with on the marathon circuit.

Gordon Ramsay- 3:30:37

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Not many celebrity marathon finish times came in at under 3 hours 45 minutes, but here’s Gordon!

Gordon Ramsey stepped out of his comfort zone, going from being the one doing all the shouting to the one being shouted at when he ran the London Marathon in 2004.

The infamous chef proved that his skill set extends beyond the kitchen when he bagged an impressive time, only narrowly missing breaking the coveted 3:30 barrier.

Celebrity marathon times: Celebs who broke 3 hours 30 minutes

Bryan Cranston- 3:20:45

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What is the fastest celebrity marathon time? 3:20:45.

Walter White had to be quick in his fugitive career as a drug lord. The fastest of these celebrity marathon times, the Breaking Bad actor ran the 1985 New York City Marathon. A real New York road runner experience.

According to an interview in the New Yorker, Bryan Cranston had watched the famous race the year before and was inspired to run it himself:

“…old people, children, people in bunny costumes, people who’d lost their legs, this amazing menagerie of humanity,”

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Maria Andrews is a runner, adventure lover, and UESCA certified Ultramarathon Coach. When she's not running around the woods or plotting adventures, she's spending time with her nearest and dearest, cooking up a storm, or working on Marathon Handbook's sister website, yogajala.com :)

2 thoughts on “Celebrity Marathon Times: How Do You Compare With These 23 Famous Runners?”

  1. Wow, who would have thought these celeb would have the staying power to train and actually grind out 42k. Oprah and Pamela Anderson floored me as physically they are gentle souls so well built for entertainment not grinding out a marathon “power to you ladies and all the celeb who astounded me by rising above their perceived pampered life style to a new world of pain. Goes to show the mind can overcome adversity and deliver outcomes that doubter’s can become true believers. Extremely and respectfully very well done to all our celebs. Xxxx

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