Lil Nas X Takes On NYC Half Marathon In Fashionably Unorthodox Footwear

Combining his footwear and lack of training, it's impressive he even completed the race!

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On Sunday, the music sensation Lil Nas X took the streets of New York City by storm, not with a mic in hand, but with a pair of high-top sneakers. The rapper, known for hits like “Old Town Road” and “Industry Baby,” ventured into new territory as he tackled the grueling 13.1 miles of the United Airlines NYC Half Marathon.

Defying conventional wisdom, Lil Nas X opted for style over tradition, sporting a pair of Coach’s Distressed High Top Sneakers

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While these clunky yet fashionable shoes might have turned heads on the streets of SoHo, they weren’t exactly designed for long-distance running. It was a bold move from the artist, who also happens to be a brand ambassador for Coach.

Not only was he sporting an unorthodox footwear choice, Lil Nas X embarked on this half-marathon journey with minimal training. Reports suggest that prior to the event, he had never run more than three miles, and outdoor running was an entirely new experience for him.

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Despite the odds stacked against him, Lil Nas X crossed the finish line with a respectable time of 2:32:53. 

Photos from the event capture moments of triumph as he powered through the course alongside thousands of other runners. However, it wasn’t all smooth sailing.

The physical toll of running a new distance in unconventional footwear became evident after the race, as he found himself recovering in a wheelchair.

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Lil Nas X wasn’t the only notable figure taking on the NYC Half Marathon. Fellow celebrities such as T.J. Holmes and Amy Robach joined the ranks of over 27,000 participants in this iconic event, showcasing the allure of pushing physical boundaries regardless of fame or fortune.

Lil Nas X’s venture into the world of long-distance running may have been unconventional, but it was done with boldness and determination. As he blazes new trails both in music and now athletics, one can’t help but wonder what other surprises he has in store for the world.

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Jessy has been active her whole life, competing in cross-country, track running, and soccer throughout her undergrad. She pivoted to road cycling after completing her Bachelor of Kinesiology with Nutrition from Acadia University. Jessy is currently a professional road cyclist living and training in Spain.

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