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Edward Norton ’91

Some people might embark on their first marathon as quietly as possible, just in case they don’t finish. Actor Edward Norton ’91 tackled the New York City Marathon with a team of 30—including three Maasai tribesmen and Alanis Morissette—and a flourish of publicity. His goals: to raise money and attention for the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust, and to beat the sub-four-hour time that Sarah Palin posted in Anchorage’s Humpy’s Marathon in 2005. Norton managed both, finishing in 3:48:01 and raising, with the team, some $800,000 toward wildlife conservation, education, and health care in east Africa. Norton, who is board president of the US organization that supports the conservation trust’s work, spent the summer training in Kenya with his three Maasai running mates. “They’re used to heat and hills and to maintaining steady pace over long distance,” he told Runner’s World. “They’re used to running carrying 25-pound spears and radios and backpacks. They usually run in sandals made out of off-road tires.” Norton wore running shoes.

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