Oprah Could Beat Me In a Race.

My “Ask Coach Jenny” RSS feed popped up a “Predicting Your Half Marathon Race Time” article, and naturally, I had to click. After plugging in my lastest pathetic 4 miler, on the cusp of my return from a flag football injury, the handy calculator at Runner’s World predicted I could be clocked with a sun dial, and would cross the marathon tape in 5:04:16.

Let me put that time in perspective for you. Courtesy of the Complete Running Blog Network, I give you 25 celebrities who would torch me and Van Halen’s answer to the 6-hour sprint. Additionally, I’ve run 3:30 and 4:00 times in past marathons, so humbling doesn’t even define my reaction.

Actor Marathoners

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Meredith Baxter, Family Ties, New York City Marathon4:08:30
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William Baldwin, New York City Marathon
3:24:29
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Anthony Edwards, Chicago Marathon
3:55:40
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David James Elliott, JAG, Boston Marathon
4:57:23
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Will Ferrell, Boston Marathon
3:56:12
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Mario López, Saved by the Bell, Boston Marathon
5:41:41
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Joan Van Ark, Santa Ana 1979
3:35:00
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Peter Weller, New York City Marathon
3:51:26.
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Freddie Prinze, Jr., Los Angeles Marathon
5:50:49

TV Personality Marathoners

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Danni Boatwright, Winner: Survivor: Guatemala, Nashville Country Music Marathon
4:23:24.
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Lisa Ling, formerly of The View, Boston Marathon
4:34:18
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Oprah Winfrey, Marine Corps Marathon
4:29:20

Musician Marathoners

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P. Diddy (Sean Combs), New York City Marathon
4:14:54
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David Lee Roth, former lead singer of Van Halen, New York City Marathon
6:04:43
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Björn Ulvaeus, former member of Swedish band ABBA, Stockholm Marathon. 3:23:54

Athlete Marathoners

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Lance Armstrong, Seven-time Tour de France champion and triathlete, New York City Marathon
2:59:36
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Kerri Strug, Gymnast, Houston Marathon.
4:12:06
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Lynn Swann, former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver, New York City
4:26:21

Politician Marathoners

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George W. Bush, 43rd President of the United States, Houston Marathon
3:44:52
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Michael Dukakis, Former Governor of Massachusetts, Boston Marathon
3:31:00
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John Edwards, Former United States Senator, Marine Corps Marathon
3:30:18
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Al Gore, Vice President of the United States at the time, Marine Corps Marathon
4:58:25
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Mikuláš Dzurinda, Prime Minister of Slovakia, Malokarpatsky Marathon
2:54:57

Model Marathoners

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Kim Alexis, model, New York City Marathon
3:52:00
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Ali Landry, model, Boston Marathon
5:41:41

Oprah. Ugh. Well, at least I could take AC Slater. Whew, I got work to do…

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~ by tdparnell on April 8, 2008.

2 Responses to “Oprah Could Beat Me In a Race.”

  1. […] tdparnell wrote an interesting post today on Oprah Could Beat Me In a Race.Here’s a quick excerptMeredith Baxter, Family Ties, New York City Marathon Joan ran her marathon in a very respectable 4:08:30. She’s gotta be a lot of people’s favorite TV moms. I think only Mrs. Cunningham from Happy Days is higher on my list. … […]

  2. Tom, this is a great post. Thanks for assembling the list of celebs who have have run marathons. Sometimes the rumors circulate but many celebs run in private.

    I like your blog site and will continue to enjoy it. Keep up the good posting!

    Tom

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