While the New York City Marathon is known for its enormous field (50,000-plus in recent years) including world-class elite runners leading the way, it also gets its share of public figures running each year. Past celebrities include Diddy, Will Ferrell, Teri Hatcher, Edward Norton, Pamela Anderson, Alanis Morisette and more. Here is a list of notable names who ran the 26.2-mile five-borough race this year.
Oz Pearlman, 2:31:04
Oz Pearlman is a mentalist and magician who has performed all over the world and was also a star on season 10 of “America’s Got Talent.” The 33-year-old finished 30th among all male runners in the 2015 New York City Marathon with near-identical splits of 1:15:12 and 1:15:52. He’s also run numerous ultra-distance races since 2006, including the Western States 100, Vermont 100, Badwater 135 and the 153-mile Spartathlon in Greece.
Nev Schulman, 3:34:31
The 31-year-old Schulman, the star of the documentary, “Catfish,” ran his first marathon with great success. He finished in 3:34:31 after going through the halfway point in 1:34:08. He was doing it for the J/P Haitian Relief Fund.
Daniel Humm, 3:35:30
The award-winning chef and co-owner of Eleven Madison Park and The NoMad restaurants in New York City, Humm, 39, ran his second New York City Marathon. He finished in 2:51 in 2008. Although much slower than his previous NYCM effort, he ran consistently on Sunday with splits of 1:44:52 and 1:50:38.
James Blake, 3:51:19
The former professional tennis player retired in 2013, but he kept his competitive juices flowing at the NYC Marathon. He’s raising money for the James Blake Foundation, which helps fight cancer. Blake, 35, came through the halfway point in 1:54 and slowed down a bit, but not too badly to jeopardize a sub-4-hour finish.
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David McGillivray, 4:04:50
McGillivray, 61, is a veteran marathoner and longtime Boston Marathon race director. He has run hundreds of marathons, including New York City numerous times and Boston every year since 1973. He owns a marathon PR of 2:29:58.
Katrina Bowden, 4:19:39
This 27-year-old actress known for her roles in “30 Rock” ran the New York City Marathon for the second straight year to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training. She finished in 4:16 last year. She was a tad slower this year after running the first half in 2:01 and the second half in 2:18.
Ethan Hawke, 4:25:30
This 44-year-old actor of such films as “Training Day” and “Boyhood” ran the marathon with his wife, Ryan, to raise money for The Doe Fund, which aims to develop programs that meet the needs of a diverse population working to break the cycles of homelessness, addiction, and criminal recidivism. Hawke ran evenly throughout the race, with a 2:10:30 split at the halfway point and 2:15:00 over the back half.
David Cohen, 4:29:59
Cohen, 49, is the executive vice president and general counsel for the New York Mets. He ran the New York City Marathon for the third time (but his first since 1996) and then immediately headed to CitiField to watch the Mets play in Game 5 of the World Series against the Kansas City Royals. He might have been a bit excited about the baseball game early on, because he went through the first half in a speedy 2:01:26. He closed in 2:28:33 and finished at 2:23 p.m., giving him plenty of time to make it to the game before the first pitch at 8:15 p.m.
Gary Williams, 4:39:32
The Golf Channel host ran New York City for the second straight year. He came through the halfway point in 2:10 this year and closed in 2:30 to beat his 4:46 time from last year.
Tiki Barber, 4:50:56
This 40-year-old former NFL running back and current media personality ran New York City for the second straight year, after finishing in 5:14 last year. He’s running for the PitCChIn Foundation. He’s ranked 26th on the NFL’s all-time rushing list. He improved on last year’s race, but he struggled in the second half after going through the first half in 2:03:38.
Alicia Keys, 5:50:52
The 34-year-old mother of two and acclaimed singer and actress is running her second marathon—but her first in New York, where she was born and raised. She is raising money for Keep a Child Alive, a nonprofit she co-founded which helps deliver HIV medication to African families in need.