New York City Marathon 2013: Top Celebrities at NYC Event

Steven CookFeatured Columnist IVNovember 3, 2013

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 03:  Runners cross the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge at the start of the ING New York City Marathon on November 3, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.  (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
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The New York City Marathon tends to take the nation's biggest city by storm, and it has spurred some notice among popular culture by attracting celebrities to the event. 

Seemingly every event in the Big Apple is a staple for celebrity involvement, and the 26.2-mile competition is no different. 

Whether it's for charity or for their own health and fitness, many popular figures make the trip out on a November Sunday afternoon to run among the 48,000 contestants.

Let's take a look at the most notable celebrities at the 2013 New York City Marathon on Sunday.


Christy Turlington Burns

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 10:  Actor Edward Burns and his wife Christy Turlington watch the match between Serena Williams of the United States and Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark during Day Thirteen of the 2011 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National T
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The 44-year-old is best known for her work in modeling, but she's sporting her running shoes for a good cause on Sunday. 

According to Nicole Lyn Pesce of the New York Daily News, Turlington Burns raised money for her own charity, Every Mother Counts

She noted an interesting connection to the organization—which raises money for pregnant women's health bills—and the marathon itself:

"I love running, and this is such a natural fit for my charity’s specific issue—in that 26.2 miles is very close to the average distance that women in some countries travel for emergency medical care,” Turlington Burns said, per Pesce.

Turlington Burns got off to a fast start, per the marathon's website, finishing the opening 5K in under 30 minutes. She crossed the finish line in four hours, 35 minutes and 32 seconds. 

While 29-year-old Kenyan Priscah Jeptoo won the women's category with a finishing time of more than two hours quicker (2:25:07), Turlington Burns' performance on Sunday is nothing short of admirable—especially given her ties to the charity it benefited. 


Bill Rancic

SANTA MONICA - APRIL 12:  Alison Sweeney plays poker with Bill Rancic at the Los Angeles Lakers 3rd annual Mirage Las Vegas Casino Night and Bodog Celebrity Poker Invitational benefiting Los Angeles Lakers Youth Foundation on April 12, 2006 at Barker Hang
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The popular entrepreneur and star of The Apprentice, Bill Rancic has a knack for raising money. This time, he's doing so for a worthy cause. 

The 42-year-old started the race after everybody in the field. For each person he passed, Timex donated $1 for Fab-U-Wish, an organization headed up by wife Giuliana Rancic that raises money for breast cancer, according to CBS News' Jessica Derschowitz. Giuliana is a breast-cancer survivor herself, so there's no doubt Rancic had even more motivation to run well.

According to his marathon profile, Rancic assumed a 10-minute-per-mile pace early on and finished just under the five-hour mark, at 4:57:23. 

Rancic may not have been a match for men's champion Geoffrey Mutai, who finished at a whopping 2:08:24 end time, but at his age, running a marathon alone is impressive. 


Sarah Reinertsen

LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 10:  Sarah Reinertsen attends the Endurance Live 20th Annual Awards Gala at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on March 10, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images for Competitor Group)
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The 38-year-old has made a name for herself by excelling as a triathlete and appearing in The Amazing Race, and she used that to her advantage on Sunday. 

Per Pesce, Reinertsen ran on behalf of the charity Challenged Athletes Foundation

During the race, she took time to take a picture that OC Tri Club posted on Twitter in support:

Reinertsen, who has a prosthetic left leg, is an inspiration to those who face uphill battles due to physical disabilities. She finished in 6:30:57, and there's no doubt that the New York native felt an added sense of familiarity at the downtown Manhattan location. 

While none of these celebrities came close to the fantastic finishes of the top performers, there's no doubt they ran for inspirational causes and that their impact on the event was far greater than their final times.