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Ethan Zohn, winner of "Survivor: Africa," said when he was undergoing a stem-cell transplant, he visualized finishing the New York City marathon. That visualization came true on Sunday.
updated 11/8/2010 12:03:56 PM ET 2010-11-08T17:03:56

Reality stars on the run!

The 2010 ING New York City Marathon found itself going Hollywood Sunday, as Survivor: Africa's Ethan Zohn and the Bachelorette's Ryan Sutter each completed the 26.2-mile run for charity.

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The race was bittersweet for Zohn, who sat out the marathon in 2009 to receive treatment for a rare form of Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Zohn says his desire to pound the pavement again kept him motivated during treatment.

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"I had to go through this thing called a stem cell transplant and I was locked in isolation in the hospital for 30 days," Zohn told reporters. "Part of my daily routine was to close my eyes and visualize myself running the streets of NYC and crossing that finish line. I mean, this is a dream of mine."

The reality star -- who took home Survivor's top prize in 2002 -- ran for Grassroot Soccer, the charity he started with his winnings, and finished the trek in 4:16:20.

Also running for charity was Bachelorette star Ryan Sutter, who completed the 5-borough race in an impressive 3:20:39 to raise funds for his charity, First Descents. As a result of Sutter besting Zohn's time, the Survivor star will offer a donation to his pal's charity and make good on a friendly bet.

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Stirring up some healthy co-worker competition Sunday were Today's Meredith Vieira and Al Roker. The morning news anchor was able to take top honors, beating her weatherman pal with a time of 5:59 versus Roker's 7:09.

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Chilean miner Edison Pena, rescued after 69 days underground, took to the city streets this year. Earning the nickname "the runner" for the 6-mile-a-day runs he'd do while trapped underground, Pena clocked in at the Central Park finish line in 5:40:51.

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Photos: Celebrities on the run: Stars take part in the NYC Marathon

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  1. Chilean miner Edison Pena crosses the finish line of the New York City Marathon in New York on Sunday, Nov. 7. (Timothy A. Clary / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Ryan Sutter

    As part of his challenge for First Descents, a national non-profit organization that helps kids with the emotional turmoil of cancer and encourages them to take back their lives through outdoor adventure therapy, Ryan Sutter vowed to race in 10 events by the end of 2010. For the NYC Marathon, Ryan beat his previous time by 7 minutes, crossing the finish line after 3 hours and 20 minutes. (Courtesy of Trista Sutter) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Ethan Zohn

    After winning “Survivor: Africa,” Ethan Zohn took his prize money and founded Grassroot Soccer, a charity devoted to raising awareness and stopping the spread of HIV. Zohn was unable to compete in 2009's NYC Marathon as he was undergoing cancer treatments at the time, so friend and fellow reality TV star Ryan Sutter ran in his place. In 2010, both men competed. (Courtesy of Trista Sutter) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. TODAY Show hosts Meredith Vieira and Al Roker after finishing the NYC Marathon on Sunday, Nov. 7. (NBC News) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Radio personality Robin Quivers attends her NYC Marathon Victory party at D Bar on Sunday in New York City. (Steven A Henry / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Al Roker

    The TODAY Show’s own Al Roker ran his first full marathon on Sunday, Nov. 7, 2010. Here’s Al giving it his all and ruling the road in the 2nd Annual Rock 'N' Roll Chicago 1/2 Marathon in Chicago in August, 2010. (Raymond Boyd / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Ed Norton

    In 2009, actor Ed Norton ran the NYC marathon for the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust and raised $300,000 for the charity. (Neilson Barnard / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Ryan Reynolds

    "Buried" and "Green Lantern" actor Ryan Reynolds, 33, attends a press conference for the ING New York City Marathon at the Tavern on the Green on Oct. 31, 2008, in New York City. (Scott Gries / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Katie Holmes

    Tom Cruise, clutching his daughter Suri, cheered on wife Katie Holmes at the 2007 NYC Marathon. (Timothy A. Clary / AFP/Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Lance Armstrong

    As if seven straight Tour de France wins in a row weren't enough, here's Lance Armstrong competing in the 2007 NYC Marathon. Even without a bike, Lance is built for speed. (Timothy A. Clary / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Sean "Diddy" Combs

    Diddy dit it! Sean Combs finishes the 34th running of the ING New York City Marathon in New York's Central Park in 2003. (Brad Barket / WireImage) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Brandi Chastain

    Soccer star and shirt-shedding Olympian Brandi Chastain trades her cleats for running shoes for the NYC Marathon. (Michael Buckner / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. William Baldwin

    Actor William Baldwin distinguishes himself from his acting brothers as the Baldwin who runs. (Stephen Shugerman / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Meredith Baxter

    Storied TV actress Meredith Baxter is also no stranger to the marathon. (Frazer Harrison / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Bobby Flay

    Known for his culinary prowess, Food Network star and celebrity chef Bobby Flay is also an avid runner. () Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Natalie Morales

    The TODAY Show's Natalie Morales has run a few NYC Marathons, and documented her training back in 2006. (Gary Gershoff / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. Beth Stern

    Model, actress and wife of radio personality Howard Stern, Beth Stern runs to raise money for the North Shore Animal League America. (Mimi Ritzen Crawford / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. Robin Quivers

    The 2010 NYC Marathon is the first for radio personality and Howard Stern Show co-host Robin Quivers. (Bryan Bedder / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. David Lee Roth

    Known for his energetic stage presence, fabled rock frontman and Van Halen vocalist David Lee Roth is no stranger to feats of athleticism like the NYC Marathon. (Frank Micelotta / Frank Micelotta/ImageDirect) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. Kerri Strug

    As a two-time Olympic gold medalist, the NYC Marathon probably seems like a walk in the park for Kerri Strug. (Doug Pensinger / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
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