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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runningmom on

Sheesh people. Give the woman a break. She has accomplished a big thing. She has lost a huge amount of weight, and she is an inspiration to a lot of people. This a terribly overweight country. We need people like her! Why the need to criticize her and her goal to run the Boston Marathon? Why can’t we all be supportive of each other’s goals?

Jess, if you had read the comments, you’d have noticed that someone else posted that Valerie is running for the Dana Farber charity. Maybe *you* should do the research before commenting.

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Bostonian on

SHE DOES NOT NEED TO QUALIFY. SHE IS RUNNING FOR A CHARITY – WHICH ANYONE (NOT JUST CELEBRITIES) CAN DO IF YOU MAKE A COMMITMENT TO FUNDRAISE. SHE IS RAISING AWARENESS FOR THE #1 CANCER HOSPITAL IN NEW ENGLAND. STOP THE IGNORANCE!

mark on

If you’re running to benefit a registered charity organization such as dana farber cancer institute, you don’t need to qualify.

runnergirl on

Maybe if she raises enough money, they will let allow her in the olympics and even give her a complimentary gold medal!!!

Thresia on

Hey Guys,Hope you have a fantastic time, I’m sure it won’t be hard to do. You guys will love spain and if you find a bike shop for sale let me know so I can fololw my dream of owning a bike rental shop on the medeteranian coastline of spain. have fun, be safe and eat a late luch since the restaurants don’t open till 7 or 8 pm.

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