Celebrities Who Ran Bank of America Chicago Marathon

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Famed comedian Kevin Hart announced on Facebook that he will be running the big Windy City event in 2018, in hopes of beating his time from last year's New York City Marathon. "The goal is to do my best time and after doing my best time [in Chicago], the new goal in whole will be to do five marathons in total," he said. "The road to becoming a better me starts today."
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Supermodel and activist Christy Turlington achieved a personal-best three hours, 47 minutes and 53 seconds at the 2016 Bank of America Chicago Marathon, 17 minutes faster than her time at the 2014 race. Turlington represented an organization she created called Every Mother Counts, a group working to improve the safety of childbirth for mothers and newborns.
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Actor and comedian Rob Riggle overcame an injury to complete the Chicago Marathon in 2016. Before appearing in films like "Step Brothers" and "The Hangover," Riggle served in the United States Marine Corps as a reserve officer, inspiring him to run for Project Salute in support of military veterans.
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Graham Elliot, a renowned chef, TV cooking judge and owner and chef of Graham Elliot Bistro, ran the Chicago Marathon in 2014 following a sleeve gastrectomy surgery and 150-pound weight loss. In addition to maintaining his healthy new lifestyle, Elliot used his race to support Smile Train, a charity dedicated to raising money for children like Elliot's young son with cleft lip and palate.
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Tammy Duckworth interrupted her Senate campaign to compete in the 2016 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Duckworth, who lost both her legs in a crash during her time as an army helicopter pilot in Iraq, has completed four Chicago Marathons using a hand cycle.
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The 2015 Bank of America Chicago Marathon marked former "Apprentice" winner Bill Rancic's third time participating in the race. Rancic first got into marathon running in 1999 when he ran the Chicago Marathon in order to win a bet with a former roommate.
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Seven seasons of wear and tear didn't stop former Chicago Bears cornerback Jerry Azumah from finishing the Chicago Marathon in 2014. Azumah dedicated his race to two organizations: PAWS Chicago Animal Shelter and the Azumah Student Assistance Program.
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Dave Beran, former executive chef at Next Chicago, crossed the Chicago Marathon finish line for the fifth time in 2014. Rather than going home to rest, Beran completed a full dinner service at his restaurants after each marathon appearance.
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In 2004, former San Francisco 49ers running back Roger Craig added a Chicago Marathon finisher medal to his collection of accolades, next to his three Super Bowl rings. Craig further pursued his passion for running by co-founding the Rock 'n' Roll San Jose Half Marathon, which will hold its 12th annual event the same day as this year's Chicago Marathon.
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Of his six marathons, "ER" actor Anthony Edwards completed three races on the Chicago course (1999, 2001, 2003). During the 1999 Chicago Marathon, Edwards chose to run under an alias due to the popularity of "ER" at the time.
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Danni Allen, Season 14 winner of "The Biggest Loser," finished the Chicago Marathon shortly after her 121-pound weight loss on the popular NBC show. Originally from Wheeling, Allen now has a yoga studio in Evanston called One2One yoga, a business she co-founded to promote healthy habits in her community.
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Model and actor Colin Egglesfield teamed up with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Team in Training for his 2012 Chicago Marathon effort. A five-time marathon runner, Egglesfield was inspired to represent Team in Training at the Chicago event when a family member was diagnosed with lymphoma earlier in the year.
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After singing "The Star-Spangled Banner," country music singer Jo Dee Messina joined almost 36,000 runners to take on the 2007 Chicago Marathon. Messina was one of nearly 25,000 racers allowed to finish the race, as extreme heat and humidity forced race officials to close the course early.
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Actor Sean Astin's role in "The Lord of the Rings" kept him from running for two years, a stint he finally broke at the 2013 Chicago Marathon. Astin created a unique race day Twitter dedication under the hashtag "Run3rd" as a tribute to his family and followers for whom he ran the race.
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