There were some familiar celeb faces in the sea of more than 43,000 racers Sunday at the 2009 ING New York City Marathon — and they were all running for a good cause.
Actors Ed Norton, Anthony Edwards and singer Alanis Morissette each earmarked funds raised from their trek Sunday to go to African-based charities.
Just before the start of the marathon, Norton, 40, took to his Twitter page in a last ditch effort to drum up fan support for his charity, the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust.
"I can't resist…please sponsor $26 for a chance to win an official team jersey," the Fight Club actor Twittered. Norton finished the marathon with a time of 3:48:01. Norton's Team Maasai colleague, Morissette, 35, clocked in at 4:28:45.
Former ER TV doc Edwards, 47, capped off a months-long initiative to raise funds for Shoe4Africa with his 26.2 mile run. Edwards' chosen charity is helping build a public hospital in Kenya.
"It was good but it was so much harder than I imagined," Edwards told reporters at the finish line, where he clocked in at 4:08:20. "The crowd was a big help, like [my] wings."
E! Daily 10 anchor Sal Masekela ran Sunday's marathon — which snakes through the city's five boroughs of Brooklyn, the Bronx, Staten Island, Queens and Manhattan, where it ends — for the first time to raise money for his Stoked Mentoring charity, which he founded in 2004.
"One hundred percent of the money I raised will go to Stoked.org," Masekela told Us before the race. The anchor aimed to beat Diddy's 2003 marathon finish, but fell short. After crossing the finish line, Masakela Tweeted: "Well Tweeps, I let you down. Didn't beat @iamdiddy. Hit a wall from hell at 18. Finished around 5 hrs. Hardest thing I've ever done."
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