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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SaraSara23 on

You have to qualify for Boston, but you can also get in as a celebrity or if you are running for a charity. Most of the people must qualify but they have exceptions for some.

Meghan on

If you run on behalf of a charitable organization to raise money, you don’t need to qualify.

cheryl on

It is an admirable goal, but it is upsetting that she is permitted to run this marathon without qualifying. My husband has been training for years and missed his time by 20 SECONDS. No exceptions for him, but she gets to run??????

Laura on

Then I commend her for running in one of the charity slots.

51inAtlanta on

Valerie, I love you to death, I do. I dropped my 40 in high school doing the same as you (only JC didn’t exist). Listen, it takes more than luck for the Boston M. There have been *fatalities* in recent marathon races. I’m not being negative… you’re a smart woman, so be SURE you are getting the proper training before you attempt this! Work with a PRO, don’t just DIY it. You MUST safely run several training races that are the correct distances to be sure you can safely manage the entire Boston M. Don’t take this lightly! Even healthy people keel over in marathons, and some don’t get up. Do’t let that be YOU.

M on

they hold so many marathon spots for charity runners – the rest need to qualify.

deena on

she will do great. She is in great shape. Why begrudge her when she is doing this for charity.

Pam on

Hey you guys-give the woman credit for doing something that gives women, celebrities, herself and a good cause credit where is due. Seems that these things are in very short supply these days. You go Valerie!!!!!

Runnergirl on

I have run Boston 7 times, and they set aside a certain amount of entries for charites, where you have to raise a minimum of anywhere from $3,500 to $5,000, a drop in the bucket for Valerie. There are over 20 charities that distribute numbers every year, and it’s just as a memorable experience as qualifying!

Sue on

I have a friend who runs marathons and like all those other people have said You have to qualify. My friend would love to run the Boston but doesn’t qualify. I have gone to marathons with her and she is exhausted after running. Wish she could just run the Boston on just her determination! I guess I wish she was a celebrity which to me she is but not acording to Boston.

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