Thousands of people turn out for most marathons, creating wave after wave of individuals who can can get lost in the crowds. But hidden within several of those streets teeming with runners are celebrities and other notable individuals who also are pushing themselves through the grueling 26.2-mile race. Here's how they did; can you beat their times?
James Blake, 3:51:19
James Blake, a former professional tennis star, ran the 2015 New York City Marathon, finishing in 3:51:19 for an average pace of 8 minutes, 50 seconds per mile.
Dave Obelkevich, 4:57:16
Dave Obelkevich, a former music teacher who has run every New York City Marathon since 1976, added the 2015 marathon to his list, finishing in 4:57:16 for an average of 11 minutes, 21 seconds per mile.
Ethan Hawke, 4:25:30
Ethan Hawke, Academy Award-nominated actor, with his wife, Ryan Hawke. He participated in the 2015 New York City marathon and finished in 4:25:30, averaging 10 minutes, 8 seconds per mile.
Al Roker, 7:09:44
NBC's "Today" show meteorologist Al Roker took to the streets of the Big Apple for the 2010 New York City Marathon, finishing in 7:09:44. He averaged a pace of 16 minutes, 23.41 seconds per mile.
Pamela Anderson, 5:41:03
"Baywatch" beauty Pamela Anderson endured the 2013 New York City Marathon, finishing in 5:41:03 -- good for an average pace of a little more than 13 minutes per mile.
Katie Holmes, 5:29:58
Katie Holmes, who burst onto the acting scene in 1998 with the TV show "Dawson's Creek," finished the 2007 New York City Marathon in 5:29:58, averaging 12 minutes, 35.10 seconds per mile.
Alanis Morissette, 4:28:45
Singer Alanis Morissette ran the New York City Marathon in 2009 and finished in 4:28:45. She's pictured at the Rock a Little, Feed a Lot benefit concert on Sept. 29, 2009, in California.
Tiki Barber 5:14:37
Former New York Giant Tiki Barber did a lot of running in his career for Big Blue -- he still holds the Giants' all-time record for total yards rushed. In 2014, Barber went from running the gridiron to pounding the pavement in the New York City Marathon, finishing in 5:14:37, which allowed him to average 11 minutes, 59.98 seconds per mile.
Teri Hatcher, 5:06:42
Teri Hatcher, who played Lois Lane on "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman," didn't need a man of steel to help her complete the New York City Marathon. Hatcher, who also starred in "Desperate Housewives," completed the 2014 race in 5:06:42, averaging 11 minutes, 41.86 seconds per mile.
Steve Bellone, 4:42:51
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone ran the inaugural Suffolk County Marathon on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015, in a time of 4:42:51 -- almost five minutes better than his time in the 2014 New York City Marathon. He posted an average mile pace of 10 minutes, 47.28 seconds in the county race.
Mario Lopez, 4:23:30
Best known for his role as super jock A.C. Slater on the '90s TV show "Saved by the Bell," Mario Lopez, who now hosts "Extra," ran the 2011 New York City Marathon in 4:23:30, averaging 10 minutes, 3 seconds per mile.
Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, 4:14:54
Sean "P. Diddy" Combs turned his entry into the 2003 New York City Marathon into a giant fundraiser, complete with its own campaign name: Diddy Runs the City. With just two months of training, he was able to finish the marathon in a respectable 4:14:54, averaging 9 minutes, 43.32 per mile. He also successfully raised $2 million for organizations that help New York City children.
Bobby Flay, 4:01:37
Celebrity chef Bobby Flay proved he's as good on the track as he is in the kitchen when he posted a time of 4:01:37 in the 2010 New York City Marathon. Flay averaged 9 minutes, 12.92 seconds per mile.
Eliot Spitzer, 3:58:43
Before getting into politics, Eliot Spitzer posted a respectable 3:58:43 in the 1983 New York City Marathon -- he was 24 years old at the time. The future governor averaged 9 minutes, 6.28 seconds per mile.
Ryan Reynolds, 3:50:22
Ryan Reynolds, known for his myriad of starring roles in movies such as "Van Wilder," "Green Lantern" and "The Proposal," ran the 2008 New York City Marathon in 3:50:22, averaging 8 minutes, 47.17 seconds per mile.
Edward Norton, 3:48:01
"Fight Club" and "American History X" actor Edward Norton ran the 2009 New York City Marathon in 3:48:01. He posted an average pace of 8 minutes, 41.8 seconds. Before the race, he told The Associated Press he was hoping to raise awareness about the threatened wilderness in the tribal lands of Kenya and Tanzania.
Lance Armstrong, 2:46:43
Trading in his bicycle for a pair of running shoes, Lance Armstrong, seen with then-New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, cruised his way through the 2007 New York City Marathon in 2:46:43. That's a blistering 6 minutes, 21.52 seconds per mile.
Apolo Ohno 3:25:12
USA Olympic speed skater Apolo_Ohno ran the NYC marathon in 2011 and finished in 3:25:12. Pictured above, he emerges from the celebrity runners tent.
Oprah Winfrey, 4:29:15
Oprah Winfrey ran the Marine Corps Marathon in Arglington, VA. in 1994. She famously finished in 4:29:15.
Gordon Ramsay 4:26:21
Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay ran the London Marathon in 2012 and finished in 4:26:21.