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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marathonrunner on

Yes, normally you have to qualify for Boston. However, you can run through a charity without qualifying. Lots of negative people out there!

Michele Moore on

Valerie, you are such an inspiration to us all and make most of us so jealous with your great body! You go girl and you will cross that marathon finish line in record time! Thank you for all you do for all of us women!

Tiff on

if you are running to raise money for a charity you don’t need to qualify, and I believe she is.

Marsha on

Laura girl ummm could you qualify for the marathon…I didn’t think so. so shut your mouth..go Valerie, good can do anything you put your mind to…Hey Laura stick it where the sun never shines…are you a little jealous Laura…

Tom@Adult Footie Pajamas on

Wow is that woman impressive.

She is an inspiration to all of us

All the best


wyrunner on

In that age group she has to be able to average 9 minute miles. This is very doable with some hard work.

marky on

Lots of negative comments about charity runners, or are you just ignorant of the rules? Look the rules up before you post. Like was said, if you want a number, you have to qualify, otherwise anyone can run.
Sheesh, who cares what Mckenzie Phillips says about anyone? She is so full of it and wants her face out there all the time, no matter who she hurts.

fran on

Run Valerie!! I will cheer you on! Just stay being you–you are a great insprition in all you do.

C from Chi on

Just amazes me how negative people can be. I could care less about her but the fact that she’s doing it for herself and actually succeeding is quite admirable. Clearly she’s not doing it for bragging rights.. She’s doing it for charity. Is this really the most offensive thing people can find to talk about? Yikes.

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