Valerie Bertinelli's Next Goal: "To Run the Boston Marathon"

02/05/2010 at 03:00 PM ET


When Valerie Bertnelli joined Jenny Craig in March 2007, she had one goal in mind: lose 40 pounds. Not only did she shed the weight, she showed off her svelte new body in a bikini on the cover of PEOPLE magazine! Since then, the actress has written two books and released a fitness DVD. So what’s left? “For me, my 2010 goal, believe it or not, is to run the Boston marathon, four days before I turn 50!” says Bertinelli, who revealed her plan during a Jenny Craig press conference in Los Angeles on Wednesday. Last year Valerie reached a previous goal of completing a half-marathon, but she’s still feeling the jitters when it comes to crossing the finish line at 26.2 miles. “I’m a little nervous. I’m a little excited. Just keep your fingers crossed and wish me luck,” said the actress, who was quick to offer encouragement to her fellow Jenny Craig spokespeople. “I wanted to take this opportunity to say to the gorgeous Sara Rue, congratulations. Girl, you go! I’m so very proud of you. And Jason [Alexander], Dude. I so knew you could do this and congrats to you too. And congrats for starting the new year off right.”–Elaine Aradillas

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Cloey on

Love that woman, she rocks! My sister was in the clinical study at the U of MN that Valerie talks about in the commercial. She lost 50 lbs. My sister asked me to go try out for the study with her and I said no, man was that a mistake!

You look fabulous Valerie but more important, you ARE fabulous!


headdivaincharge on

I say good for her. It’s hard going from thin, to pleasantly plump, back to thin again (trust me, I am in the middle of doing just that), but once you get there – ahhhh, the feeling!

Laura on

Fantastic goal, Valerie, but ummmm… have to qualify for the Boston Marathon and you have to run pretty fast even at 49-50 years old.

Bostonian on

She is actually running for cancer care and research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston! Go Valerie!

marathonmom on

Yeah, you dont just DO Boston, you have to qualify…unless there is celeb exception.

Laura Scott on

Is it because she is a celebrity that she gets to run in the marathon? I guarantee she would never come close to qualifying.

J on

This is great… but Boston, unlike many marathons, must be qualified for.

Chrissy on

I’m excited for her but she has to qualify for Boston and so she may have to change the location of her marathon….

J on

To Laura…

In all fairness, how can you GUARANTEE she wouldn’t come close to qualifying? Do you know her race times? Really?

Kat R on

She was invited to run the marathon.

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