Alicia Keys, Ethan Hawke, James Blake and Tiki Barber were among the 50,000 New York City Marathon runners.
Among the 50,229 runners in the 2015 TCS New York City Marathon, several high-profile celebrities hit the streets to test their own fitness over 26.2 miles.
Here is how some of them fared:
James Blake, running for the cancer researching James Blake Foundation, ran the first half of his marathon in 1:54 before clocking a sub-four hour finish in 3:51:19. Afterwards, he told the New York Daily News, that he would “never again” contest the marathon.
Nev Schulman, Host of MTV’s Catfish, was off to a blazing start with his first six miles under seven-minute pace. Schulman, who was running for the JP/HRO charity, slowed as the race went on but managed to run 3:34:31.
Academy Award nominated actor Ethan Hawke, who was running for the Doe Fund, finished in 4:25:30. The time was nearly two hours more than the runtime for the film Boyhood but much shorter than the time it took to produce the movie (12 years). Hawke’s time was not as fast as past actors Edward Norton (3:48) and Ryan Reynolds (3:50) but was faster than Katie Holmes’ 5:29.
Although Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York” plays at the start line of the New York City Marathon, Alicia Keys’ “Empire State of Mind” has become a popular song that resonates with the Big Apple. Keys decided to run her second marathon for the Keep A Child Alive charity and finished in 5:50:52. Keys split a 33:20 for the first 5K and maintained a pace between 12 minutes/mile to 15 minutes/mile throughout the race.
After cramping up in the late miles of last year’s New York City Marathon, Tiki Barber returned to run 4:50:56 in his second marathon. Barber still has work to do in order to catch Amani Toomer’s 4:13:45 and become the fastest ex-Giant.
Actress Katrina Bowden, best known for her work on NBC’s 30 Rock, was running for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training. She finished her second New York City Marathon in 4:19, just three minutes slower than last year’s 4:16.
Actor Sean Astin was slated to race the New York City Marathon but withdrew a few days beforehand. He finished the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii on Oct. 12 in 15 hours and 30 minutes.