Boston, MA– On Monday April 15th, approximately 30,000 runners will line up alongside one another to take on the Boston Marathon. Among those 30,000 runners will be a handful of celebrities; be on the lookout for these famous people while you’re running or cheering from the sidelines.
NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson will be running the Boston Marathon for the first time on Monday. He has completed many half marathons, including the Daytona Beach Half Marathon, where he placed 15th with a time of 1:34:18. Fortunately, this year's NASCAR schedule doesn’t interfere with the Boston Marathon, allowing Johnson to finally run in Boston.
Olympic gold medal gymnast Shawn Johnson East and her husband, NFL athlete Andrew East, were both signed up for the marathon. However, the happy couple recently announced that they are pregnant; because of this, Shawn will not be participating in this year's marathon. Andrew will proceed.
Gold medal marathoner Joan Benoit Samuelson will be joining the runners again after 40 years. Samuelson made history 40 years ago, breaking the course record with a finish of 2:35:15. Now 61, she aims to celebrate the 40th anniversary by running again. She intends to run within 40 minutes of her original time.
Former Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi will be running again for his third Boston marathon. Bruschi and his team will be running for his foundation, which raises awareness for the risk of stroke. He aims to beat his previous times, narrowing in at approximately 9:45 per mile.
One of the world’s best ultrarunners, Scott Jurek, will be participating in the Boston Marathon this year, too. Jurek, bestselling author of both Eat and Run and North, came in at 4:31:33 at the 2017 Boston Marathon.
Jared and Genevieve Padalecki, husband and wife actors on Supernatural, will be running in Boston on Monday for their charity. The couple will be raising money for Dream Big!, a charity that supports young girls that want to participate in sports.
Chef Palak Patel, a cook that has won both Chopped and Beat Bobby Flay will be running the Boston Marathon for her first time.
Boston Marathon celebrity runner’s information has been brought to you in part by Runner’s World.
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