I don’t know why, but I find celeb marathon times highly intriguing. I looked at them a bunch when I was training for my first full, and I didn’t think about them again until after I finished Big D. Here are a few that caught my eye (with my own times sprinkled in for comparison).
Al Roker – 7:09:00 (New York City Marathon, 2010)
Meredith Vieira – 5:59:00 (New York City Marathon, 2010)
My first full - 5:37:39 (Dallas White Rock Marathon, 2010) – I was happy with my time and the fact that I ran 26.2 miles. I was less happy that Jared Fogle beat me by so much.
Jared Fogle (the Subway guy) – 5:13:28 (New York City Marathon, 2010)
Al Gore – 4:54:25 (Marine Corps Marathon, 1997)
Oprah Winfrey – 4:29:15 (Marine Corps Marathon, 1994)
My 2nd full – 4:24:54 (Big D Texas Marathon, 2012) faster than Oprah, but not by much!
P. Diddy – 4:14:54 (New York City Marathon, 2003)
Bobby Flay – 4:01:37 – (New York City Marathon, 2010)
These next ones are all under 4 hours. A few, the non-athletes, really shocked me. Reading these lights a fire under me to train again.
Sarah Palin – 3:59:36 (Humpy’s Marathon, 2005)
Kerri Strug – 3:56:06 (New York City Marathon, 2008)
Will Ferrell – 3:56:12 (Boston Marathon, 2003)
Ryan Reynolds – 3:50:22 (New York City Marathon, 2008)
George W. Bush – 3:44:52 (Houston Marathon, 1993) - W. is faster than Ryan Reynolds!
Bjorn Ulvaeus (of ABBA)- 3:23:54 (Stockholm Marathon, 1980)
Lance Armstrong – 2:46:43 (New York City Marathon, 2007)
I think my new dream goal is to run a marathon faster than Bush. It might take me a while, but, 3:45 – I’m coming for ya! What celeb time would you want to beat?*