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What Do I Need to Run to Beat Oprah's Marathon Time?


Updated May 22, 2014

Mark Messier, 2011 New York City Marathon (4:14:27)

Mark Messier
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Messier, a former NHL hockey player, ran the NYC marathon to raise money for two charities - Tomorrow's Children's Fund and Answer the Call, which supports the surviving families of 9/11 first responders. Messier was so exhausted and dizzy after he crossed the finish line, he was put in a wheelchair and shuttled to a medical tent. He recovered quickly after taking in some fluids.

Sean Combs (P. Diddy), 2003 New York City Marathon (4:14:54)

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I have to give it to music mogul Sean "P. Diddy" Combs. He trained for only about two months, was running on a bum knee, and still managed to pull out a sub-4:15 marathon. He also raised $2 million for children's charities and New York City public schools in the process.

Christy Turlington Burns, 2011 New York City Marathon (4:20:47)

Christy Turlington Burns
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Former supermodel Burns ran to raise awareness and funds for Every Mother Counts, an advocacy and mobilization campaign to increase education and support for maternal and child health.

Mario Lopez, 2011 NYC Marathon (4:23:30) and 2002 Boston Marathon (5:41:42)

Mario Lopez
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He took his time in the 2002 Boston Marathon, but the former Saved By the Bell star and host of the Extra TV show really picked up the pace for the 2011 New York City Marathon, as he cruised to a 4:23 finish.

Alanis Morissette, 2009 New York City Marathon (4:28:45)

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Grammy-award-winning singer Alanis Morissette couldn't keep up with Ed Norton in the New York City Marathon in 2009, but she joined efforts with him by raising money for the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust.

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Oprah Winfrey, 1994 Marine Corps Marathon (4:29:15)

Oprah Winfrey
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One of the most common questions I hear from marathoners in regards to their goal times is, "What do I have to run to beat Oprah's time?" or "I want to beat Oprah!" Going sub-4:30 is a popular goal time for marathoners anyway, but knowing that they beat Oprah's marathon time is usually icing on the cake for people who reach that goal.

Al Gore, 1997 Marine Corps Marathon (4:54:25)

Al Gore
If you're hoping to beat a politician's time and think Bush and Palin's marks are a little out of your league, Al Gore's time is a lot more achievable.

Bill Rancic, 2013 New York City Marathon (4:57:23)

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Entrepreneur, author, TV personality, and first-ever winner of NBC’s “The Apprentice,” Bill Rancic was the very last person to start the NYC marathon in 2013. He finished with an unofficial time of 4:57.  Timex pledged to donate $1 for every runner he passed. Thanks to his 4:57 finish time, they donated $30,000 to Fab-U-Wish,  a charity founded by his wife Giuliana Rancic that supports women affected by breast and ovarian cancer. 


Jared Fogle, 2010 New York City Marathon (5:13:28)

Jared Fogle
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Subway pitchman Jared Fogle, who famously lost 245 pounds by eating Subway sandwiches, trained for almost a year in preparation for the New York City Marathon. Clad in a black Subway T-shirt, he charmed the marathon crowds on the streets of New York and passed several Subway restaurants without stopping for one of those subs.   

Katie Holmes, 2007 New York City Marathon (5:29:58)

Katie Holmes
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I was at the New York City marathon the year Katie Holmes ran it and it was frustrating that there seemed to more buzz among the spectators about her than the elite runners. But I was impressed that she didn't run with a big fancy entourage of security guards and trainers. And those pictures of her stopping to see hubby Tom Cruise and their daughter, Suri, around mile 23 were sweet.
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