Alicia Keys has revealed that the she has signed up to enter this year’s New York City Marathon. This will the second time that she has entered a marathon and it will be special for her because she is a native of New York City.
Keys will be taking part in the event to support the non-profit organisation, Keep a Child Alive. She co-founded Keep a Child Alive to help get life-saving HIV drugs for the children and families in Africa who would not otherwise have access. In her blog post on Refinery 29, she wrote that the Keep a Child Alive has helped in Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa, Uganda and India.
Keys previously ran a marathon in Greece in 2007. She did this as part of the training programme that helped her get into shape for her role in the film “Smoking Aces.” Keys has never specified a time, although she said that, “it was kind of long. it took me a while. I wasn’t rushing.”
Keys was present at the 2013 New York city Marathon as a spectator. This time around she will be running 26.2 miles along the same streets that she sangs about on her Grammy Award-winning track “Empire State of Mind.”
Keys is a 34-year-old mother of two children and is married to the hip-hop artist Swizz Beatz. Her youngest child was born in December, and she often trains by pushing him in a stroller.
Fellow musician Sean “P. Diddy” Combs ran in the 2003 New York Marathon, recording a respectable time of 4:14:52.