Sunday’s event got an unexpected jolt of star power when actor Sean Astin decided to run the GNC Tobacco Road Half Marathon.
Astin, star of “The Lord of the Rings” trilogies, “The Goonies,” “Rudy” and numerous TV roles, was in Raleigh last weekend for Wizard World. At 6:24 p.m. Saturday night, Astin tweeted, “Fired Up!!!! I’m running the http://www.tobaccoroadmarathon.com/race (1/2 Marathon in the Morning)!!!!!!”
Social media proceeded to get a bit excited.
Astin, 44, is an avid runner and marathoner, according to one of his websites. He has run marathons in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington and Chicago on top of countless other half marathons and races of other distances. His says his personal best for a marathon is 4:04. He’s training to run the Boston Marathon.
Besides being addicted to the exercise aspect of the run, he has created a movement called “#Run3rd.” As he describes on a website for the Run3rd campaign, he runs first for himself, second for his family and third for the rest of us.
He asks people to tweet a dedication for a person or a cause, and he’ll keep them in mind as he runs. He did the same Sunday as he scrawled “#Run3rd” on his leg.
Astin’s net time was 2:17:55, according to official results. Following the race, he tweeted a picture of himself and his medal at the finish line. “What a blast!!! @TR_Marathon Thanks 4 having me! #tobaccoroadhalfmarathon. Unofficial Time (my watch) 2:17:59.”
And he offered an endorsement of the run, “Brilliant race. Grade A all the way!!!”