Full List of NYC Marathon Celebrity Runners

All-star Celebrities Will Sweat It Out at 2012 ING New York City Marathon


Global Maternal Health
Advocate/Founder of Every Mother Counts Christy Turlington Burns, chef
Richard Blais, restaurateur Joe Bastianich, and
Boardwalk Empire‰Ûªs Paul Sparks will run for second consecutive year


Television talent Jean Chatzky, Tanya Marchiol, and Anna Kooiman join field for November 4 race


New York, September 20, 2012‰ÛÓFamiliar faces will be running through the five boroughs in the world‰Ûªs most popular marathon this year. Founder of
Every Mother Counts Christy Turlington Burns, celebrity chef Richard Blais, restaurateur Joe Bastianich, and
Boardwalk Empire‰Ûªs Paul Sparks have decided to take on the
challenge of the ING New York City Marathon for the second consecutive
year. Joining these Marathon veterans will be television talent Jean
Chatzky (NBC‰Ûªs Today Show), television personality Tanya Marchiol
(HGTV), and news correspondent Anna Kooiman (FOX News Channel), it was
announced today by New York Road Runners president and CEO Mary


Previously announced celebrities adding sparkle to the field include U.S. Army veteran and
Dancing with the Stars winner J.R. Martinez, who‰Ûªs running on
behalf of Timex GPS, and former New York Rangers hockey player Nick
Kypreos, now a sports analyst on Canada‰Ûªs


‰ÛÏWe have quite a celebrity contingent this
year,‰Û exclaimed Wittenberg. ‰ÛÏWe always look forward to having our
celebrity runners shine at the ING New York City Marathon! These stars
help to spread very important messages to their fans: living a healthy
lifestyle, giving back to the community, and demonstrating the
determination to achieve something great. They add a wonderful sense of
excitement, inspiration, and buzz to the field of runners.‰Û


The celebrity participants have traded their broadcast scripts for
running logs, sporting equipment for sneakers, and Hollywood backdrops
for the streets of New York City, but on November 4, they‰Ûªll all come
together to support one of more than 200 charities that are involved
with the ING New York City Marathon. In 2011, the official charity
program raised a record-breaking $34 million toward many different
causes. This year, the race aims to raise the bar even higher, to a
total of more than $35 million.


year, hundreds of thousands of women die from complications related to
pregnancy and childbirth, but 90 percent of these deaths can be
prevented if more people become aware of the challenges and solutions,‰Û
said Turlington Burns. ‰ÛÏBy running the ING New York City Marathon, EMC
hopes to engage more supporters by illustrating one of the biggest
barriers‰ÛÓ distance. A marathon‰ÛÓ26.2 miles‰ÛÓis the average distance a
woman living in a rural part of many countries must travel to access
emergency obstetric care. We are running the ING New York City Marathon
again so other women don‰Ûªt have to walk. We believe that together, we
can make pregnancy and childbirth safe for all moms.‰Û


The full list of celebrity participants:



Stephanie Abrams, on-camera meteorologist, The Weather Channel

Joe Bastianich, restaurateur, judge on Master Chef

Richard Blais, chef/TV personality,
Life After Top Chef (
Alliance for a Healthier Generation)

Jennifer Carpenter, actress, Dexter (Every Mother Counts)

Jean Chatzky, best-selling author and financial editor, NBC
(Alliance for a Healthier Generation)

Dave Douglas, jazz composer/musician/label owner (Ovarian Cancer National Alliance)

Andrew Firestone, The Bachelor Season 3
(Team Grassroot Soccer)

Anna Kooiman, News Correspondent, FOX News Channel
(Folds of Honor)

Nick Kypreos, former NY Rangers player, hockey analyst on Canada‰Ûªs

Tanya Marchiol, television talent (HGTV)

J.R. Martinez, U.S. Army veteran, winner of Dancing with the Stars
(NYRR Youth Programs)

Sarah Reinertsen, American challenged athlete, first female leg-amputee to complete Ironman® World Championship, CBS
Amazing Race star (Challenged Athletes Foundation)

Brian Sears, actor in Broadway‰Ûªs Book of Mormon
(Broadway Impact)

Nick Spangler, winner of Amazing Race  Season 2,
actor in Broadway‰Ûªs Book of Mormon (Broadway Impact)

Paul Sparks, actor, Boardwalk Empire (JDRF)

Greg T, radio personality, Elvis Duran  and the Morning Show,
Z100 (Rosie‰Ûªs Theater Kids)

Christy Turlington Burns, Global Maternal Health Advocate/Founder of Every Mother Counts (Every Mother Counts)

Edwin van der Sar, former Manchester United soccer goalkeeper (Laureus Sport For Good Foundation)

Patrick Wilson, actor, Insidious, Young Adult, Little Children (Michael J. Fox Foundation)

Justin Young, contestant, Amazing Race Season 19
(Team Grassroot Soccer)




About the ING New York City Marathon

NYRR‰Ûªs premier event, the ING New York City
Marathon is the most loved and most inclusive marathon in the world,
attracting elite athletes and recreational runners alike for the
challenge and thrill of a lifetime. The race has grown tremendously
since it began in 1970 with just 127 runners racing four laps of
Central Park. Now, more than 47,000 participants from all over the
globe flock to New York City every November for an adrenaline-filled
road tour of all five boroughs, starting on Staten Island at the foot
of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and ending in Central Park. Some run
for prize money or bragging rights, others for charity or their
personal best. All are cheered on by more than two million live
spectators and a TV audience of 330 million.

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