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Several Stars Are Marathon Runners! Inside the Fitness Journeys of Chip Gaines, Al Roker and More

Running marathons takes perseverance, stamina and above all, heart! Several celebrities have laced up their running shoes and ran marathons during their years in the spotlight. Chip Gaines, Al Roker and more decided to become long-distance runners.

Chip ran his first marathon in 2018. The Fixer Upper host had no prior experience running long-distance before signing up. He and his wife, Joanna Gaines, have hosted the Silo District Marathon ever since, with the dad of five running for a great cause. All proceeds of the event have gone to cancer research and treatment. 

He was trained by Gabriele “Gabe” Grunewald, a professional runner who was diagnosed with cancer in 2009. She died in June 2019 at the age of 32. While he has admitted that training for the marathon each year is tough, Chip has made it clear that he is doing it for a cause that means a lot to him. 

“We host this race because I believe when we do hard things together, we can accomplish the impossible!” he wrote on the Magnolia blog after his second marathon. “Whether it’s to push our bodies further than we ever have before or raise a boatload of money to help find a cure for this thief called cancer.”

The home renovation star lost 10 pounds while preparing for his first marathon in 2018. Al also went through a noticeable weight loss transformation of his own before gearing up for his first marathon. The Today personality weighed 340 pounds before he underwent gastric bypass surgery in 2002. 

He lost over 100 pounds during his weight loss journey and had the support of his wife, Deborah Ann Roberts, every step of the way. In May 2022, he participated in the 13-mile Brooklyn Half Marathon. When he crossed the finish line after three hours and 19 minutes, Deborah placed a medal around his neck. She too is a marathon runner and was joined by her hubby on many runs and walks throughout his fitness journey. 

“There is a sense of accomplishment,” he said over the phone during a Today segment. “It’s like, ‘Wow, this is something 22,000 people did. Not everybody can do it.’ And you do feel like, ‘Oh, OK, I did that!'”

Keep scrolling to see which of your favorite celebrities have become marathon runners.