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For the 2022 Boston Marathon, famous participants will include a former NASCAR champion, former “Bachelor” and “Bachelorette” contestants, and a number of former athletes.

Here are the celebrities who will run the 2022 Boston Marathon.

Matt Kenseth

Always fast behind the wheel, Kenseth won the NASCAR season championship in 2003 and consistently performed as the top rider during his 20-year career. Kenseth ran his first marathon in Berlin in 2019 at the behest of his wife Katie, and will run with her in the 2022 Boston Marathon, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

Heather O’Reilly and Leslie Osbourne

O’Reilly and Osborne, former teammates of the US women’s national soccer team, will run the 2022 Boston Marathon on Monday.

O’Reilly is a three-time medalist and FIFA World Champion, while Osborne has enjoyed stints in the Women’s Professional Football League for the Boston Breakers and Chicago Stars. They are both retired now.

Kristen Lilly

Lilly, a former American player on the women’s soccer team, will race on Monday.

Lilly, the most capped player in team history, is part of the eight-man Honorary Women’s Team, which serves in honor of the eight women who ran in the Boston Marathon in 1972 as part of the first official women’s stadium.

Sarah Fuller

Also on the women’s team honorary is Sarah Fuller, who made history as the first woman to participate in a Power 5 college football game when she started with Vanderbilt in 2020.

“I really want to give credit to the women who were fighting 50 years ago for making this possible,” Fuller said.

Matt James

The “Bachelor” season 25 star will run the 2022 Boston Marathon to raise funds and awareness for the USO.

Zack Clark

Zack Clark, who proposed to “The Bachelorette” star Taisha Adams at the show’s 16th season finale, will also be shown on Monday.

Clark, 38, has turned to running as part of his addiction recovery. Read more about his story here.

Bob Suchi

Sochi, the radio personality of the New England Patriots, will run the marathon to raise money for the Doug Floaty Foundation.

Adrianne Haslet and Shalane Flanagan

Haslett, who lost a leg in the 2013 bombings, will run the race with Flanagan as her support coach. Flanagan, the Olympian from Marblehead, retired from professional running in 2019.

Read more about Haslet and Flanagan here.

Ethan Zon

The “Survivor” champion and native of Lexington will celebrate 10 years of being cancer-free by running the Boston Marathon to raise money for AKTIV Against Cancer.

The last time Zohn ran the Boston Marathon was in 2013. It was on Mile 24 when the bombs went off at the finish line.

“It’s like everything in my life has led to this point, to this race,” Zun said. “I push myself a little bit, but it is so much in my life. I am so excited to be back in Boston and running.”

Najarian Tower

Najarian, the Patriots’ director of football/headquarters, is Bill Belichick’s right-hand man.

He’s running Monday to raise funds for an organization he founded in 2021 called Who We Are, which, according to Patriots.com, supports “those committed to helping preserve, create, learn and share cultural identity.”

Najarian is an Armenian-American and has raised money in the past through the NFL’s “My Cause, My Cleats” program to draw attention to the conflicts between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

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