Each year, a handful of celebrities head to Boston to try their luck at the Boston Marathon. Recent participants include former NASCAR driver Danica Patrick, “Spotlight” actor Brian d’Arcy James, and “Supernatural” actor Jared Padalecki, who tackled the race in 2019 along with his wife, Genevieve.
At the 2022 Boston Marathon, the famous participants included a former NASCAR champion, former contestants on “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette,” and a number of former athletes.
Here are the celebrities running the 2022 Boston Marathon and how they did. All race times listed are according to the BAA.
Matt Kenseth 03:01:40
Kenseth was always fast behind the wheel, winning the NASCAR season championship in 2003 and consistently performing as a top racer over his 20-year career. Kenseth ran his first marathon in Berlin in 2019 at the urging of his wife, Katie, and ran with her for the 2022 Boston Marathon, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.
Henry Richard 04:02:20
The older brother of Martin Richard, who was 8 when he was killed in the 2013 Boston Marathon explosions near the finish line, ran the Boston Marathon today. His father told WBZ News Radio that he believes Martin will be watching his 20-year-old sibling as the family gathers at the finish line to cheer him on.
“We always feel him,” said Bill Richard of his son Martin. Bill Richard said he’s certain Henry Richard, Martin’s older brother, will feel Martin’s presence as well as he participates in the race today. Martin would have turned 18 this coming June.
Richard finished the race with a time of 4:02:20.
Lydia Edwards 05:35:22
Outgoing Boston city councilor Lydia Edwards tweeted Monday that she’s lacing up her shoes to run the Marathon. Edwards, who was recently elected to serve in the State Senate, posted a photo of her bib number and included a link to donate to a scholarship fund for working mothers.
Honored to run the 126th @bostonmarathon.— Lydia Edwards (@LydiaMEdwards) April 18, 2022
Today, long hours of training finally come to fruition. Good luck to everyone running; I’ll see you on the other side of 26.2! #Boston126
There’s still time to help fund scholarships for working parents: https://t.co/vveeV3rMAX pic.twitter.com/6Y771CJQrr
Heather O’Reilly and Leslie Osbourne
O’Reilly and Osbourne, former teammates on the US women’s national soccer team, took part in the 2022 Boston Marathon on Monday.
O’Reilly is a three-time medalist and FIFA world champion, while Osborne enjoyed stints in the Women’s Professional Soccer League for the Boston Breakers and Chicago Stars. Both are now retired.
Jacky Hunt-Broersma 05:05:13
South African native and amputee Jacky Hunt-Broersma is trying to run at least 102 marathons in 102 days. As Hunt-Broersma crossed the finish line Monday, the Boston Marathon became her 92nd marathon.
Lilly, a former US women’s soccer team stalwart, also ran the race on Monday.
The most-capped player in team history, Lilly is part of the eight-person honorary women’s team, running in honor of the eight women who ran the Boston Marathon in 1972 as part of the first official women’s field.
Sarah Fuller 05:50:59
“I really want to give credit to the women that were fighting 50 years ago to make this possible,” Fuller said.
Matt James 03:49:38
The star of season 25 of “The Bachelor” finished the 2022 Boston Marathon with a time of 03:49:38. James ran the marathon to raise money and awareness for the USO.
Zac Clark 03:43:46
Zac Clark, who proposed to “The Bachelorette” star Tayshia Adams at the end of the show’s 16th season, also ran on Monday. Clark, 38, turned to running as part of his recovery from addiction. Read more about his story here.
During the race, Clark didn’t seem to be fazed and even found time to tweet while running up the notoriously difficult “Heartbreak Hill”.
“The thing I love about marathons is that it’s the one day out of the year where everyone is on the same team,” Clark said. “In our world today, that’s meaningful.”
Bob Socci 05:00:43
Socci, the New England Patriots radio personality, ran the marathon to raise money for the Doug Flutie Foundation.
The past 2 weeks I've run as far as 20 miles; felt my body rebel; undergone acupuncture and physical therapy; and continued to raise money for the @flutiefdn for #autism. With a week to get to the starting line in Hopkinton, no stopping now!— Bob Socci (@BobSocci) April 11, 2022
To donate: https://t.co/HmA6KYIXqA pic.twitter.com/biZ5QbK1Nh
Adrianne Haslet and Shalane Flanagan 05:18:41
Haslet, who lost her leg in the 2013 bombings, ran the race accompanied by Flanagan as her support trainer. Flanagan, a Olympian from Marblehead, retired from professional running in 2019.
The Boston Athletic Association’s official online runner tracker said Haslet, wearing bib number 246, crossed the finish line at 3:08 p.m. Monday.
“I’ll remember every face and every sign and every dog and every baby along that course,” she told WBZ after the race. “I didn’t notice — I didn’t notice the mile markers until 22, 23 ... I was just having so much fun with Shalane.”
Boston, it’s time. Time for 26.2 miles of Boston Strong strength, grit, and perseverance. Time for the rest of the world to see our effing city in its true colors. Time for kids everywhere to see what someone who looks like me can do. Time to run. Time for fun. WE RIDE AT DAWN. pic.twitter.com/OReGTvVNIl— AdrianneHD (@AdrianneHaslet) April 18, 2022
Ethan Zohn 05:02:44
The “Survivor” champion and Lexington native celebrated 10 years cancer-free by running the Boston Marathon to raise money for AKTIV Against Cancer.
The last time Zohn ran the Boston Marathon was in 2013. He was at Mile 24 when the bombs went off at the finish line.
“It’s like everything in my life has been leading to this point, to this race,” Zohn said. “I’m putting a little pressure on myself, but it represents so much in my life. I’m just so excited to get back to Boston and run.”
Berj Najarian 04:49:43
Najarian, the Patriots’ director of football/head coach administration, is Bill Belichick’s right-hand man.
Najarian ran on Monday to fundraise for an organization he founded in 2021 called Who We Are, which, according to Patriots.com, supports “those who are committed to helps to preserving, creating, learning, and sharing cultural identity.”
Najarian is Armenian-American, and has raised money in the past through the NFL’s “My Cause, My Cleats” program to draw attention to conflicts between Armenia and Azerbaijan.
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