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Alicia Keys, Ethan Hawke, Olympians among New York City Marathon finishers

Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys, left, and her husband Swizz Beatz, after Keys finished the New York City Marathon Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015. Keys ran for her charity “Keep a Child Alive”, which provides life-saving drugs to kids and families with AIDS that cannot afford it. The group provides life-saving drugs to children with HIV and AIDS. Keys says her team raised $35,000. (AP Photo Julie Walker)


Some of the more than 50,000 starters in Sunday’s New York City Marathon included a few names who were recognizable to people who have never followed a 26.2-mile race.

Start with the Olympians. Most years, non-track and field Olympians line up for the five-borough race.

This year’s edition included three-time Olympic Alpine snowboarder Chris Klug, famous for overcoming a liver transplant to win bronze in 2002.

Klug, 42, clocked 4 hours, 13 minutes, 51 seconds, or about five minutes slower than 2002 Olympic teammate snowboarder Tricia Byrnes in 2011.

James Blake, a retired Beijing 2008 semifinalist, became the second prominent tennis player to complete the race in as many years, finishing in 3:51:19 and receiving a milkshake from Olympic mixed doubles gold medalist Victoria Azarenka.

In 2014, two-time Olympian Caroline Wozniacki ran it in 3:26:33, training while competing on the WTA Tour and spending the night before the race eating popcorn next to Serena Williams at a New York Rangers hockey game.

Other celebrity finishers from Sunday:

Alicia Keys, singer -- 5:50:52
Ethan Hawke, actor -- 4:25:30
Tiki Barber, retired NFL running back -- 4:50:56 (after a 5:14:37 in 2014)
Nev Schulman, MTV host -- 3:34:31

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