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

02/05/2010 at 03:00 PM ET

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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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Casie on

Good for Valerie, but I hope she realizes you need to qualify for the Boston Marathon, you can’t just sign up and run it. Hopefully she doesn’t get preferential treatment over true runners that non-Jenny Craig spokespeople wouldn’t get…..

Ashley on

Like many have said, you don’t have to qualify for Boston if you run for a charity. Good for her!

Liz L on

You have to qualify to get a number, but anyone can run in the Marathon.

Liz L on

Also, my husband is running it in one of the charity slots as well.

linda on

Valerie was on a talk show recently and she gained some weight back, not that I care.
According to Mackenzie Phillips book, Valerie is a Hypocrite…I think she is a Phoney 2 faced person. So shut up Valerie!

Susan on

Geesh, all you naysayers..they save spots for people running for charities, so she isn’t getting special treatment for being famous.She’s helping out a good cause. I think its great and good for her!

Andrea Loper on

I’ve run several marathons and it does not need to be a big deal – if you prepare correctly. By this time Valerie should be running close to 20 miles in training. If she’s not doing that she will likely have some problems.

Valerie is a smart girl and a determined one. I say: “Go Valerie!”

Elly on

Linda, don’t hold it against a person that some other person had a poor opinion of who she was or something she did 30 years ago. Who Valerie is now is fabulous. Good on her for facing up to her weight and health and emotional issues, and moving forward in an inspiring way.

Lori on

Have always loved Valerie but I would like to see the explanation of how she can run in Boston also. I have a friend who trained for months to qualify and missed it by 2 minutes so you do wonder if there are exceptions for a celebrity..doesn’t seem right…

Christy on

Too bad all of us regular people have to qualify. But if you are an overweight celebrity and lose a few pounds the same rules don’t apply!

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