Every November, tens of thousands of runners participate in the New York City Marathon, among them an eclectic mix of celebrities running for charities or for personal reasons. And 2010 is no exception.
This year’s famous faces include Jared “The Subway Guy” Fogle, Iron Chef Bobby Flay, Today Show weatherman Al Roker, Survivor winner Ethan Zohn, designer Rachel Roy, and former New York Giants star Amani Toomer.
‘I JUST WANNA FINISH’
So what are their goals? The 6’2″ Fogle, who famously lost 245 pounds by eating only low-fat Subway sandwiches for lunch dinner, says his main goal is to finish the marathon.
Jared, 33, who once weighed 425 pounds, has no specific time goal and plans to pace himself to finish the grueling 26.2-mile marathon.
“I could care less about the time and pace,” he told the New York Daily News. “My goal is just to finish it and say, ‘Wow, I completed the New York City marathon, how cool.’ ”
Fogle, who has never run a marathon before, says his strategy is to run-walk the course. He plans to walk for 15 seconds and have a drink after finishing each mile.
‘DON’T START OUT TOO FAST’
Meanwhile, celebrity chef Bobby Flay’s goal is to finish under four hours. Flay, 45, ran the NYC Marathon twice before (in 2002 and 2006, each time finishing in slightly over 4 hours), but learned the hard way not to start out too fast.
“I got crushed,” Bobby recalled of his two previous marathon experiences, when he ran the first leg too fast and later crashed hard.
“You’re exhilarated and people are just flying by,” Flay recalls. “You have to restrain yourself and it’s hard to do. I’m an experienced runner and I blew it twice.”
Other famous runners this year include radio personality Robin Quivers, actor Anthony Edwards, models Selita Ebanks and Veronica Webb, Bachelor star Andy Baldwin, and Broadway performers Shayna Steele, Sarah Darling and Rory O’Malley.
The 2010 New York City Marathon takes place Nov. 7, 2010.
Samantha Chang is the executive editor of TheImproper and a celebrity writer at Examiner.