The streets of Pasadena were full of good-hearted people including actor/singer Joey McIntyre and Grey’s Anatomy star Justin Chambers yesterday. The duo, who were also joined by Justin’s co-stars Chandra Wilson and Kim Raver, and actress Kristin Renton, showed up bright and early for the inaugural “Rock n’ Roll Marathon Pasadena” held at the Rose Bowl on Sunday, February 19th, 2012.
The half marathon was created to raise awareness and funds for Cure Mito, a charity that works to fund the research and treatment of mitochondrial disease.
“Cure Mito was my biggest inspiration, which definitely is what got me out here, supporting Chandra and her daughter Sarina. I think when you have something that you are running for, it really keeps you going and you want to make a difference for those kids,” said Raver, who plays Dr. Teddy Altman on Grey’s Anatomy and finished her first half-marathon in 2:02:35. “Cure Mito is an amazing organization and I am so happy to be here in support of Chandra, she is such a team player on the set of Grey’s. It was really emotional crossing the finish line and the music on the course was awesome.”
New Kids on the Block fans will be proud to hear our boy Joey finished the 13.1 mile race in 1:53:40.
The event attracted more than 7,000 entrants who began the race in front of the iconic Rose Bowl façade, running across the Colorado Bridge, through Old Town Pasadena, around the Brookside Golf Course, enjoying the sights of numerous scenic landmarks, including the Tournament House and the Norton Simon Museum. The event concluded with a finish line festival at the Rose Bowl with a post-race concert headlined by Sugar Ray.
For more information on how you can help Cure Mito, check out their official website here.