8 Rockers You Didn't Know Were Also Marathoners

March 20, 2019

When you see any band live, they are working up a sweat running and jumping around onstage. That requires lots of stamina, hard work, and sometimes very little clothing. It just so happens that those are the same qualities it takes to run a complete marathon.

With the 2019 Boston Marathon less than a month away (April 15th), and our own Mistress Carrie will be participating in support of the Home Base Program to benefit veterans and their families, we give you eight rockers that have also successfully completed the 26.2-mile journey.


1. Joe Strummer (The Clash)

In 1982, before they released their album Combat Rock, the Clash's manager Bernie Rhodes recommended that they do some kind of publicity stunt to drum up interest. Joe Strummer took that a step further by (allegedly) running in the Paris marathon with a time of 3:20. Having run the London marathon the year before and again in 1983, Strummer's pre-run prep consisted of 10 pints of beer the night before, and not running at all for at least four weeks before the race.

2. Nick Hexum (311)

The 311 frontman has run his fair share of marathons. He describes the actual marathon as a "victory lap" from all of the training and preparation leading up to the race day. In 2006, he complete the L.A. marathon with a time of 5:29:44 for his charity, Liberal Hexum.

3. Dexter Holland (The Offspring)

Lots of people have a certain time in mind that they want to complete a marathon. But for Offspring vocalist Dexter Holland, all he wanted to do is beat Oprah Winfrey. Even though the queen of daytime talk beat him with a time of 4:29:30 at the 2006 L.A. Marathon, he successfully completed it at 5:01:07 in the name of the Innocence Project which uses DNA evidence to exonorate wrongly-convicted criminals.

4. Johnny Marr (The Smiths)

Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr is what is known as the anti-rockstar, meaning he's not the rowdy and rambuctious type. Instead he's rather disciplined and focused. While out on the road, Marr has revealed that he will run anywhere from 10 to 18 miles when he has the time before soundchecks and shows. In 2010, he finished the New York Marathon with a time of 3:54:18.

5. Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers)

It's no lie that Flea is one of the most animated and energetic bassists in rock. So it only makes sense that he stored all of that stamina for the 2011 and 2012 L.A. Marathons. Running on behalf of the Silverlake Conservatory of Music, Flea finished the 2011 marathon at 3:53:00 while raising $67,272, and again in 2012 with a time of 3:41:49.

6. Ben Gibbard (Death Cab For Cutie)

After an unhealthy lifestyle had engulfed Ben Gibbard's life, he decided to whip himself into shape by running in 2007. Four years later, Gibbard entered himself in the 2011 L.A. Marathon and finished with a time of 3:56:34.

7. Daniel Oliver (Nothing More)

The Nothing More bassist has run two marathons, though these days he prefers cycling. During their interview, Daniel recommended that Mistress Carrie that she should run when she wants to, rather than when she needs to and to slather vasoline everywhere. Even though he completed his marathon at approximately 4:08:00, the best part about finishing is the amount of food you get to eat,

8. Mike Malinin (Goo Goo Dolls)

Drummers are venerated for the amount of stamina they have to slam on their kits while keeping the beat for hours. And former Goo Goo Dolls drummer Mike Malinin is no exception. He has reportedly run five marathons and completed the 2000 San Francisco marathon with a time of 3:23:56.