“Game of Thrones” star Natalie Dormer is running the TCS New York City Marathon this fall.
Forget Kings Landing – Queen Margaery Tyrell is set on running New York City.
“Game of Thrones” stunner Natalie Dormer is tackling the TCS New York City Marathon in November.
The actress will pound the 26.2 miles across the five boroughs to raise money for the Team for Kids charity, which funds youth running programs across the country.
“I’m so excited to be running the TCS New York City Marathon this year as an NYRR Team for Kids Ambassador,” Dormer said in a statement to the New York Road Runners, who organize the annual race. “I am inspired to take on this challenge and to run for such a worthy cause.”
The English actress is no newbie to the running scene. She completed the 2014 Virgin Money London Marathon last April in an impressive 3 hours, 50 minutes and 57 seconds. She trained while buffing up to play tough wartime filmmaker Cressida in “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1” last year.
Natalie Dormer trained for the London Marathon while buffing up to play Cressida in “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1” last year.
“I love running, and I am quite physical,” she told Conan O’Brien in November. “I’ve always been a bit of a tomboy.”
But she’ll be much more “ladylike” when she returns in the “Game of Thrones” season premiere on April 12, where she plays the late King Joffrey’s widow, who’s now tempting his young brother with her feminine wiles while she angles for a piece of the Iron Throne.
Charity teams often tap high-profile racers to spur fundraising efforts in big city races such as the New York City Marathon. Tennis star Caroline Wozniacki ran the race last year with Team for Kids, while Tiki Barber and Amber Sabathia trained with the C.C. Sabathia’ PitCCh In Foundation. Some 8,500 charity runners raised a record-breaking $34.5 million for nonprofit organizations last year.
Organizers hope for an even bigger haul this year.
And they’re off! With a cold start on Nov. 2, 2014, runners kicked off the 44th Annual New York City Marathon in Staten Island – and this year, Natalie Dormer will be among them, running for Team for Kids.
“We are excited to launch our impactful charity running program that benefits hundreds of important causes,” said NYRR president and CEO Mary Wittenberg in a media release on Tuesday, when the lottery drawing for non-guaranteed entry spots in the NYC Marathon kicked off at noon. “Since its inception, we are very grateful that our official charity running program has raised over $165 million. We wish [Dormer] and all of our charity runners a memorable journey as they champion important causes and take on the ultimate challenge of the TCS New York City Marathon.”
And while 14,326 racers will be added to the marathon field as part of Tuesday’s drawing – that’s 56% more than last year, putting the odds ever more in the runners’ favor – another 65,754 of the total 80,080 applicants will be disappointed. In their case, signing up with a charity is an appealing alternative option to snagging a coveted racing bib.
A record 50,564 runners completed the 2014 race, making New York the biggest marathon in the world.