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There were some familiar celeb faces in the sea of more than 43,000 racers Sunday at the 2009 ING New York City Marathon, and they were all running for a good cause.

Actors Ed Norton, Anthony Edwards and singer Alanis Morissette each earmarked funds raised from their trek Sunday to go to African-based charities.

Just before the start of the marathon, Norton, 40, took to his Twitter page in a last ditch effort to drum up fan support for his charity, the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust.

"I can't resist ... please sponsor $26 for a chance to win an official team jersey," the "Fight Club" actor tweeted. Norton finished the marathon with a time of 3:48:01. Norton's Team Maasai colleague, Morissette, 35, clocked in at 4:28:45.

Former "ER" TV doc Edwards, 47, capped off a months-long initiative to raise funds for Shoe4Africa with his 26.2 mile run. Edwards' chosen charity is helping build a public hospital in Kenya.

"It was good but it was so much harder than I imagined," Edwards told reporters at the finish line, where he clocked in at 4:08:20. "The crowd was a big help, like [my] wings."

Last year, Ryan Reynolds ran the course (which snakes through the city's five boroughs of Brooklyn, the Bronx, Staten Island, Queens and ends in Manhattan) to raise money for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's research.


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