These celebrity marathoners have heart and sole.
The TCS New York City Marathon boasts the largest field of participants in the world, with more than 50,000 finishers expected to cross the finish line in Central Park this year. And 2017’s star-studded field includes several professional athletes, supermodels and television stars who are making those 26.2 miles even more meaningful by raising thousands for charity.
The New York Road Runners, which organizes the five-borough race each year, told Moneyish that charity runners have raised $235 million through the New York City Marathon during the past decade. More than 9,000 charity runners raised $36.1 million for 359 official charity partners last year alone, and a similar number are expected to pound the pavement for a cause this year.
In fact, Crowdrise, the world’s largest fundraising site for charities, previously told Moneyish that roughly half the funds raised on its site since its 2010 inception have come from runners.
The New York City Marathon has drawn dozens of notable celebrity and professional participants to challenge the course this year, including:
Actor and comedian Kevin Hart, who is raising $300,000 for his Help From the Hart Scholarship Program to give youths access to education.
Supermodel Karlie Kloss will run to raise awareness for her Kode With Klossy charity that empowers girls to become tech leaders by teaching them to code.
Former NY Giants running back Tiki Barber is running to support NYRR”s Team For Kids charity to improve the lives of children as its official Ambassador.
“Real Housewife” Carole Radziwill has raised $3,600 and counting for the North Shore Animal League.
Singer/songwriter Prince Royce has raised $6,475 and counting for both Change for Kids and the National Kidney Foundation.
Celebrity chef Richard Blais is running his fifth NYC Marathon for Room to Read, which has supported education for 11.5 million children in 14 countries.
Model and body activist Candice Huffine is running for Team for Kids as a fellow Ambassador.
Eleven Madison Park chef and author Daniel Humm’s “Make It Nice” team is running on behalf of No Kids Hungry.
Running pioneer Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to officially enter and finish the Boston Marathon in 1967 (who officials tried to physically pull off the course) and the 1974 New York City Marathon winner, is running for 261 Fearless, which empowers and unites women.
And this will also be the final marathon U.S. Olympian and both Boston and NYC Marathon winner Meb Keflezighi will run professionally with Team Meb 26, a leg of his MEB Foundation supporting youth health, education and fitness.
You can track these amazing racers (and your friends and family) using the free TCS NYC Marathon app, or follow their progress online here.
View more information: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/celebrities-like-karlie-kloss-and-kevin-hart-are-helping-raise-millions-for-charity-by-running-the-new-york-city-marathon-2017-11-01