Celebrity Half Marathon Times

Many runners like to see how their marathon times compare to how celebrities did in their races, and reading about celebrities' half marathon times can be just as fun. Here are some famous people, from actors to politicians, who ran half marathons, in order from best to worst times. ​


Natalie Morales, 2015 MORE/FITNESS/SHAPE Half Marathon (1:38:59)

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TODAY show co-host Natalie Morales displayed her running prowess once again at the all-women MORE/FITNESS/SHAPE half-marathon. Her impressive time made her the 68th finisher in a field of 7,403 women and also won her a 9th place finish in her age group. Morales and Weekend TODAY co-host Erica Hill led the Run For TODAY team, a group of women across the country who trained and participated in the half-marathon.


Apolo Ohno, 2011 Chicago Half Marathon (1:40:59)

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World champion short-track speedskater and Olympic gold medalist Apolo Ohno proved that he can move fast even without the skates, and for a much longer distance. He ran his first half marathon in Chicago as part of his training for the 2011 New York City Marathon.


Elisabeth Hasselbeck, 2011 More and Fitness Magazine Half Marathon (1:44:32)

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Former The View co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck proved that her husband, former NFL quarterback Tim Hasselbeck, isn't the only athlete in the family, as the mom of three cruised to a 1:44 finish on a tough course in New York City’s Central Park.


Sarah Palin, 2011 Storm Lake Half Marathon (1:46:10)

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The day after giving a speech at a Tea Party rally, the former Alaska governor and vice presidential nominee unexpectedly ran in this Iowa half marathon. Palin tried to stay low-profile and ran under her maiden name, but still caught attention with her impressive time and second place finish in her age group.


James Marsden, 2010 Rock 'n' Roll Los Angeles Half Marathon (1:50:44)

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He may not have super powers on the race course, but the X-Men and Superman Returns star can definitely run. Marsden, who also enjoys participating in triathlons, clocked a 1:50 in Los Angeles.


Jerry O'Connell, 2010 Rock 'n' Roll Los Angeles Half Marathon (1:50:45)

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Actor Jerry O'Connell and buddy James Marsden paced each other for the entire race, but O'Connell must have let his friend get a step ahead of him at the end, as the dad of two crossed the finish line just one second behind him.


Drew Carey, 2011 Disneyland Half Marathon (1:50:46)

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After losing 92 pounds in a year, comedian Drew Carey decided to run his first half marathon, the Marine Corps Half Marathon. Carey, a former Marine, completed the race in 1:58:20, but ran another one a few months to try to improve his time. The Price is Right host did just that, setting a new PR of 1:50:46.


Will Ferrell, 2012 Rock 'n' Roll Los Angeles Half Marathon (2:03:50)

Actor Will Ferrell runs the Rock 'n' Roll Los Angeles Halloween 1/2 Marathon.
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Sporting a “Ron Burgundy” mustache and a “Funny or Die” T-shirt, movie star Will Ferrell undoubtedly inspired some laughs and smiles when he competed in the Rock 'n' Roll Los Angeles Half Marathon. 


Hugh Jackman, 2011 New York City Half Marathon (2:05:52)

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I was at the 2011 NYC half marathon and didn’t know that actor Hugh Jackman was running in it. So when he passed where I was cheering at mile 11, I said to the person next to me, "Did you see that Hugh Jackman look-a-like?" I found out later that was Hugh Jackman. I had a celebrity spotting and I didn't even know it!  Wolverine had a great race with a 2:05 finishing time, and also raised money and awareness for the charity Shoe 4Africa, an organization that helps distribute shoes to needy people in Africa.


Erica Hill, 2015 MORE/FITNESS/SHAPE Half Marathon (2:06:52)

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Along with Natalie Morales, Weekend TODAY co-host Hill led and inspired the Run For TODAY team, a group of women across the country who trained and participated in the half-marathon. On her show, Hill shared stories from women training for the MORE/FITNESS/SHAPE Half Marathon and their reasons why they run.


Ivanka Trump, 2015 MORE/FITNESS/SHAPE Half Marathon (2:11:03)

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Ivanka Trump shared her goal of completing a half marathon on her website a few months before the MORE/FITNESS/SHAPE half-marathon. She included her training plans and encouraged her readers to follow along and train. The mother-of-two had a spectacular race day and was all smiles as she crossed the finish line of her first half marathon.


Valerie Bertinelli, 2011 Napa-to-Sonoma Wine Country Half Marathon (2:12:19)

Valerie Bertinelli running
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Actress Valerie Bertinelli, who famously lost more than 50 pounds on the Jenny Craig diet, showed off her slim, toned body at the Napa-to-Sonoma Wine Country Half Marathon as she cruised to a 2:12:19 finish.


Jennifer Love Hewitt, 2010 Rock 'n' Roll Los Angeles Half Marathon (3:09:13)

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Former "Ghost Whisperer" actress Jennifer Love Hewitt was all smiles as she ran (with some walking breaks) side-by-side with her boyfriend in her first half marathon.


Al Roker, 2010 Rock 'n' Roll Chicago Half Marathon (3:20:58)

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Al Roker was training for the New York City Marathon in 2010, so he decided to do the Chicago Half Marathon as part of his training. Race weather was great for the Today show weatherman and co-anchor, as he ran and walked his way to the finish.

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