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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kelly on

Valerie was NOT invited to run Boston. She is running the Boston Marathon to benefit the Dana Farber Marathon Challenge (and so am I!) – People definitely should have mentioned this as it is very unclear. If you run for an approved charity and raise a minimum amount, you don’t have to qualify and get to run in wave two.

Wendyful on

I love Valerie Bertinelli! She is such an inspiration. I lost my weight using another program during the same time she was losing her weight using Jenny Craig, she still was an great role model. Losing weight is tough no matter which route you choose to go, and I applaude anyone that can lose the weight and more importantly, keep the weight off. Congratulations to Valerie, Sarah and Jason, keep up the good work!

Kami on

I say Go For It Valerie. I’ve run Boston on a qualifying time and just ran New York for skin cancer even though I could’ve qualified by time…I wanted to raise money for a worthwhile cause so I raised the money instead of taking one of the time slots. People need to keep the negative comments to themselves. Charities are wonderful, and it’s because of people doing this (celebrities incl. such as Ed Norton who raised ALOT when he ran NY) that some serious bucks are coming in & raising awareness! Keep running and encouraging others!

raelee on

there seem to be alot of people on here that know so much but the truth of the matter is she is doing something to better her life and alot of other i find it in very bad tasted to say so many mean things about someone that is trying to do do something that in long run could save my life and other that are sick with cancer or children that have this please think before you write

Jo on

The Boston Marathon allowes charitable organizations to enter. That’s how many individual start doing the marathons. That’s how I got into my first marathon at age 59. Check out the shirts and you’ll see all types of organizations represented in the race…

Dina on

Great! A new goal to aim for. Whether Valerie qualifies or not, the visibility her celebrity brings to getting one’s health and life back on track is a good thing. She’s inspiring others at the age of 50 to go for it — she did it, and is a light to others in this regard. Keep up the good work of health, Valerie.

Dana on

#1-There are charitable organizations provided with guaranteed entries for their organization’s fund raising purposes. #2- For women 45-49, 4hrs 00min is the BQ time. She ran the half in 2:12:19, which means that without her celebrity status and with adequate training,she really could make the time. To qualify she would have needed to run a qualifying marathon in 4:00:00 before the deadline. Registration for the 2010 Boston Marathon opened on September 9, 2009 and closed on November 13, 2009.

bostonrunner on

Having run the race multiple times, I know the difficulties associated with that course. It is grand that Ms. Bertinelli has lost the weight and set running goals, but what about the other 10,000 people who didn’t get to register for the race by the early September closing date? Sometimes the celebrity status supercedes the reality of the common man. Just saying.

debbie ross on

Sorry, but you have become so full of yourself. Easy…Remember when Oprah said she would NEVER gain her weight back? Whoops.

dad on

Bertinelli- pfffffffft. Saw her on Oprah in the early 90s, the most hair flipping, fake, phony, self absorbed, conceited little piece of fluff I have ever seen on that show. She is trying to amend that image…..good luck

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