Today: A brief review of a WSJ article, and then....Celeb marathon times!
In this morning's edition of the Wall Street Journal there is an article entitled "Beating America's Fittest Mayor in a Triathlon" by Kevin Helliker
Basically the article talks about how the mayor of Chicago(Rahm Emanuel), is a super fit 53-year old who is "unbeatable" in the political world, and does the Chicago Triathlon each year placing well in his age group. But of course they take shots at him- he ONLY competes in the sprint (versus the Olympic/Intermediate distance), he HAS to start in the first wave to avoid standing around in the cold with everyone, and because of his position he can afford a "super-fast road bike". I don't agree with acting like it is less of an accomplishment because he "only" does the sprint, what about the billions of people who don't even do that? I also don't agree with "celebs" getting special treatment like early starts at races- you want to be "a normal person" but yet you can't start at same time as everyone else?
After taking shots at him, they allude to the fact that his triathlon times are even more impressive as his training time is limited being mayor of a big city and having a family- like there are no other full-time professionals with families out there that compete in triathlons? Let's see here, according to USAT the average income of a Triathlete is $126,000...I'm pretty sure that means they work full time and have busy schedules. Even more so, 74% of triathletes are married or in a committed relationship with 44% having children who live at home. So they work hard AND have families and can do various distance triathlons (including full Ironman).....Imagine that!!
Okay now for the fun stuff--
here are some celebrity marathon times...
see where you stack up!
George W. Bush 3:44 (Houston '93)
[Prior to his "run" for presidency]
Will Ferrell 3:56 (Boston '03)
[Did Mister funny man laugh his way into Boston...?]
Sarah Palin 3:59 (Anchorage '05)
["Buck up or stay in the truck"]
P.Diddy 4:14 (NYC '03)
Oprah 4:29 (MCM '94)
Drew Carey 4:37 (MCM '11)
[I'm really confused as to why he didn't run the Cleveland Marathon like I did... I mean..."Cleveland Rocks"]
Gordon Ramsay 3:36 (LA Marathon '10)
[I couldn't verify this one, but I'd like to run a race with him because we would win, he would yell at everyone in front of us to GTF out of the way]
Katie Holmes 5:29 (NYC '07)
Paul Ryan 4:01 (Grandma's '90)
[who can forget this whole ordeal!
Don't forget to plug your time into the Paul Ryan Marathon calculator!]
Ryan Reynolds 3:50 (NYC '08)
This one made me sad- Men's Health reported his time as 3:20 and since we all know breaking 3:20 is my goal right now I really wanted to enlist this handsome man for help. After doing a little digging, I found his time was really 3:50 which is an incredible time but won't help me get my goal because if we ran together I'd want to be running behind him.
For obvious reasons.
How do you feel about Celeb's getting special treatment?
[Early start times, special entries, etc.]
Should Celebs be allowed to buy their way into a race(such as Boston or NYC)- which they usually do? Why shouldn't they have to earn a BQ or wait in NYC lottery like everyone else?
Google celeb race times, or pick one from here...
What celebrity would you most like to beat?
(This doesn't have to be because of their time, maybe you just really want to show a celeb up?)
WHY is there a Wikipedia page for "Non-professional marathon runners" that is for celebs--what about the other billions of normal people that aren't "professional" that run marathons? Thoughts?
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