New York City Marathon 2016: Top Celebrities Expected to Race in NYC

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistNovember 6, 2016

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 08:  Tiki Barber attends the 2015 CLIO Sports Awards at Cipriani 42nd Street on July 8, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for CLIO Sports Awards)
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The New York City Marathon is no stranger to celebrity runners.

In the past, actors like Edward Norton, Ryan Reynolds and Sean Astin, television personalities Al Roker and Mario Lopez, musician and entrepreneur Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, comedian Drew Carey and chef Gordon Ramsay have participated in the race, per .

The list of celebrities might not be as star-studded this year, but many familiar faces reportedly will be participating in the 26.2-miler.

Former New York Giants running back and current radio personality Tiki Barber will be running the race, according to Competitor.com. Barber, 41, spent 10 seasons with the Giants, finishing with 15,632 yards from scrimmage and 67 touchdowns. He was a three-time Pro Bowler and an Associated Press First-Team All-NFL selection in 2005.

Several other celebrities with ties to the sporting world will run the race as well, per Competitor.com.

Tennis player Marion Bartoli will be participating, as will former Real Madrid superstar Raul. ESPN's Andy Katz will run the race, and Astin—most famous for his starring role in Rudy—will be tackling the event once again.

Other notable participants include singer Jax, Top Chef: All-Stars winner Richard Blais, Jacqueline Laurita of Real Housewives of New Jersey and actors Eric Millegan and Lee Pace.

The New York City Marathon is set to take place on Sunday, Nov. 6, at 8:30 a.m. ET.

Kenyan Stanley Biwott will look to defend his title and continue the country's streak of four straight wins in New York on the men's side, while fellow Kenyan Mary Keitany will look to win her third straight title in the women's division.

"After last year, my name has been spread worldwide, and I have been considered among the top athletes in the world," Biwott told the IAAF (via Charity Wanja of Citizen Digital). "That's why I always like to return to New York, where I left a piece of my heart."

Keitany noted: "My training has been great, and I'm ready for the race. I'm praying that this year will better than last year."

The celebrities in the race certainly won't be keeping up with Biwott or Keitany. To their credit, nobody else in the field likely will, either.

   

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