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Pamela Anderson to run in New York City marathon for Haitian charity

Demonstrating her desire to be a part of the solution to Haiti's dire circumstance as the poorest nation in the western hemisphere, still reeling from the effects of 2010's earthquake, former star of Baywatch and one of the most iconic faces and names in popular culture, Pamela Anderson announced, in the same way all new high-profile bits of information gets released nowadays, via twitter, that she will be running in the New York Marathon this year, hoping to raise funds to benefit the Caribbean country.

The charity the actress, model, and mom wishes to raise money for is the J/P Relief Organization, the darling of her friend and associate, actor, Sean Penn, whose own interest in Haiti and its relief since the earthquake has been well documented. At last count, she'd raised nearly $8,500, but, with a benchmark of $500,000, the former wife of rocker, Tommy Lee, has a mountain to surmount in time for the marathon.

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Five Haitian runners on the New York City Marathon Sunday - Watch Live

A total of five Haitians will be participating in the New York Marathon scheduled for today (November 3, 2013). Three men and two women who have been sponsored by J/P Haitian Relief Organization are making the Haitian team along side with actress Pamela Anderson.

What is your opinion about our participation in the New York Marathon?

Wouldn't it be interesting to see one of the Haitians coming in first place?

I still believe that they will be representing Haiti very well. Each of the five runners got their position back in June by finishing in the top spots of a 20-kilometer qualifying race in Haiti. The marathon begins in Staten Island then goes into Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan and the Bronx, to finish back to Manhattan's Central Park.

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Star Pamela Anderson Runs First-Time Marathon for Haiti Relief

The ING New York City Marathon was held recently to raise funds for Haiti's reconstruction projects and relief agency work happening there. Canadian actress Pamela Anderson, formerly of Baywatch fame, participated in the race. She was representing non-profit organization, J/P HRO. A Haitian contingent also ran in the race, including Astrel Clovis, who completed the run in two hours and forty-six minutes. Clovis's team will be running next June 2014 in the Petion-Ville Half Marathon.

Pamela Anderson had never competed in a race before, but was game for the challenge. She had just six weeks to prepare. Her strenuous workouts several days a week helped her with endurance. She does a full-body workout, using free weights and cardio training. She ran with brother, Gerry, and raised $75,864 in funds for Haiti.

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Haiti at New York City Marathon, J/P Haitian Relief Organization

Five of Haiti's most determined runners are gearing up to travel to the United States where they will take part in the New York City Marathon and make history just for their participation. The team will have their names remembered as being the first representatives for the country of Haiti in the New York City Marathon.

While the slow and steady style race is to be run on Sunday, November 3rd, the group of three men and two women will journey to New York early, set to arrive on October 29, to acclimatize themselves and, no doubt, also get acquainted with the city.

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Sean Penn to support Half-marathon winners to New York City Marathon

Haiti held a very rare half-marathon on Sunday, June 9. Among the participants was the charity of Sean Penn, the Hollywood actor. The top five finishers of the half-marathon will be sent to ING New York City Marathon to be held on November 3. These five people will be sponsored by J/P Haitian Relief Organization of Sean Penn. However, this sponsorship is yet to get approval from Haitian Amateur Athletics Federation. League's president Alain Jean-Pierre that the sponsorship would probably be approved by June 10, Monday.

A January story from Associated Press probably stemmed the decision of sponsoring the runners. A distance runner from Haiti was featured in the story. The runner actually represented the hardship that many Haitians in Port-au-Prince continue to deal with even after 3 years of the devastating earthquake that shattered Haiti in 2010.

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