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Out of the 45,344 runners who took part in the ING New York City Marathon
on November 7, there were people of all ages and sizes -- and there were, as always, celebrities. Many actors, superstar chefs and reality show personalities crossed the finish line in Central Park on a bright fall day, raising big bucks for charities.
Ethiopian Gebre Gebremariam, 26, won the men's title in his marathon debut in two hours, eight minutes, 14 seconds. Gebremariam won in an upset after teammate Haile Gebrselassie, 37, dropped out of the race at mile 16.
Gebrselassie subsequently announced he is retiring from the sport. "I never think about to retire," Gebrselassie told The New York Times
. "But for the first time, this is the day. Let me stop and do other work after this." He is the current marathon record holder, with two hours, three minutes, 59 seconds.
Gebremariam became the first man to win New York in his first marathon since Rod Dixon did it in 1983.
Edna Kiplagat, 31, of Kenya won the women's title in two hours, 28 minutes, 20 seconds and Shalane Flanagan from Portland, OR became the first American woman in 20 years to finish in second place.
Headlining the event in the celebrity circle was one of the most inspiring story of this year's marathon: Chilean miner Edison Peña. He completed the marathon
in five hours, 40 minutes. It has only been three-and-a-half weeks since he and the other miners were rescued after being trapped underground for 69 days. He ran six miles a day while he was in the mine and has reportedly competed in triathlons, but he has no other long-distance running experience. But this isn't Peña's last marathon. "I know I can improve my time," he told The New York Times
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show's Al Roker
completed the 26.2 miles in seven hours, nine minutes, 44 seconds. He had admitted to That's Fit
last week that he has bad knees and just wanted to finish, no matter what the time. It was this native New Yorker's first marathon at 56, and he raised money for Calvary Hospital
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Meredith Vieira was running with her morning news co-anchor for some of the race, and finished in just under six hours (5:59). The 55-year-old Vieira trained for five months and told her co-stars she had a huge blister on her toe and sore ankles after the race. On Monday morning, Vieira and Roker were pampered by Matt Lauer and Ann Curry on the "Today"
show with foot massages, as well as roses and champagne. Watch Meredith and Al's marathon journey in the video at the end of the post
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New York City restaurateur, chef Mario Batali partner and winery owner Joe Bastianich
completed the marathon on Sunday. He has been a marathon runner since 2008.
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Radio personality and Howard Stern's right hand, Robin Quivers
finished in six hours, nine minutes for 15 Foundation
, a charity she cofounded. Her contributions are earmarked for encouraging young people to discover good nutrition.
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Jared Fogle, best known for dropping pounds by eating at Subway, raised cash for his own Jared Foundation
, which fights childhood obesity. He came in at five hours, 14 minutes.
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Ethan Zohn, contestant on "Survivor: Africa"
raced against fellow reality star Ryan Sutter from "The Bachelorette." Zohn, who is a Hodgkin's lymphoma survivor, now has to write a check to Sutter's favorite charity First Descents
. Zohn was raising money for Grassroots Soccer
. He told the New York Daily News
that visualizing crossing the finish line was what kept him going through a stem cell transplant last year.
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Ryan Sutter, from "The Bachelorette,"
pushed to the finish line to raise funds for First Descents
, an organization that offers free outdoor adventure programs for young people with cancer. He finished in three hours and 20 minutes, beating his friend Ethan Zohn.
, a New Jersey native, former pro tennis player and nonrunner, had $10,000 on the line against his friend Andy Roddick. They bet that Gimelstob would finish in four hours, 45 minutes, or else he had to write a check to The Andy Roddick Foundation
. Since he finished the race in four hours, nine minutes, Roddick has to hand over the $10,000 for the Justin Gimelstob Children's Fund for children with cancer and blood diseases, which is linked to the Valerie Fund.
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Food Channel superstar and restaurateur Bobby Flay
finished the ING New York City Marathon in four hours and one minute. He's no stranger to lacing up his running shoes: This marathon was his second this year.
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Former New York Giant Amani Toomer
was the first former NFL player in 17 years to compete. He finished in four hours, 13 minutes. Toomer was officially the last one to start the race, and Timex is donating $1 to the New York Road Runners youth service program for every person he passed along the way. Toomer estimated that he overtook about 20,000 people. He also established a New York City marathon record for NFL players.
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Ironman triathlete, U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander, and "The Bachelor"
contestant Dr. Andy Baldwin raised for ING Run for Something Better
, which funds free school-based running programs that encourage children to get active, set goals and start lifelong fitness habits. He finished in three hours, 31 minutes.
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Former model Veronica Webb
ran her second marathon in four hours, 59 minutes, raising money for Harlem United
, an organization that provides access to quality health care, HIV prevention and supportive housing to Harlem's residents.
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Finishing his second consecutive ING New York City Marathon in four hours, four minutes, actor Anthony Edwards
ran for his charity of choice: Shoe4Africa.
All told, some 192 charities had celebrity and non-celebrity runners representing them at the marathon this year. The New York Road Runners and ING had announced a goal
of raising $1 million per mile of the race for the charities combined.
Watch Meredith Viera and Al Roker's marathon journeys here.
More on That's Fit:
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