Pamela Anderson reached her goal of completing the New York City Marathon on Sunday, but it didn’t come without a lot of pain.
The 46-year-old actress finished the marathon in a time of 5:41:03, keeping a health pace of 13:02 per mile.
It wasn’t just personal satisfaction that led Pamela Anderson to run the NYC Marathon. She was running in support of the J/P Haitian Relief Fund, one created in 2010 with the help of actor Sean Penn to aid those suffering the effects of the country’s massive earthquake.
The fund helps to provide clean water, safe school structures, medical facilities, general education, and conservation studies for those still rebuilding from the earthquake.
“It has been heartbreaking to witness the poverty among people in what should be a very rich country,” Anderson said.
Pamela has paid visits to Haiti, helping with local relief efforts and food distribution.
After deciding to run the New York City Marathon, Pamela took to social media to get her fans involved in fundraising efforts
“I’m running the New York Marathon… (Can you believe it?). Together, I hope we can raise at least $500,000 and make a huge impact in this magical country… keep checking my page and Facebook and Twitter to find out about all sorts of contests I’ll be running from now until November – I will give updates on my training too.”
Pamela added that she hopes her decision to run the marathon is an inspiration to others.
“When I finish the race, whatever people’s perceptions of me, this is what I’ve done for a great cause, hopefully inspiring others to do things like this,” she told ESPN. “Everyone has their war stories about being in marathons. But I just think, ‘You know, it’s a great way to see New York.’ Running the marathon is definitely one of the crazier things I’ve done in my career… I know Hef [Hugh Hefner] is really proud of me!”
But after finishing the marathon, Pamela Anderson was left in rough shape. She tweeted a picture of herself lying in bed covered in ice packs.
— Pamela Anderson (@PamelaDAnderson) November 3, 2013
Pamela Anderson wasn’t the only celebrity to run in the New York City marathon. Others who ran the race included Christy Turlington and Bill Rancic.