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April 28, 2003
The Will Ferrell running the Boston Marathon on Monday was a lot different from the Ferrell who millions of moviegoers saw running through town in the recent blockbuster Old School. For one thing he was 35 pounds lighter. For another he was running alongside 1968 Boston marathon winner Amby Burfoot. And, finally (thankfully), he was neither drunk nor naked. Ferrell and his wife, Viveca, have been working with running coach Gary Kobat, who also tutors Jim Carrey, for more than a year. "They love being treated like world-class athletes," says Kobat, who recently shuttled between Vancouver, where Ferrell was shooting Elf, and New York City, where Carrey was filming Bruce Almighty. Kobat told his friend Burfoot, now the editor of Runner's World, that Ferrell, who had run two marathons, was going to try to do Boston in 3:59. Burfoot invited Kobat and the Ferrells to join him. Will finished in 3:56:12. "Fans went nuts for him, more so than I've ever seen," says Burfoot, "and I ran with Oprah in 1994"
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April 28, 2003

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The Will Ferrell running the Boston Marathon on Monday was a lot different from the Ferrell who millions of moviegoers saw running through town in the recent blockbuster Old School. For one thing he was 35 pounds lighter. For another he was running alongside 1968 Boston marathon winner Amby Burfoot. And, finally (thankfully), he was neither drunk nor naked. Ferrell and his wife, Viveca, have been working with running coach Gary Kobat, who also tutors Jim Carrey, for more than a year. "They love being treated like world-class athletes," says Kobat, who recently shuttled between Vancouver, where Ferrell was shooting Elf, and New York City, where Carrey was filming Bruce Almighty. Kobat told his friend Burfoot, now the editor of Runner's World, that Ferrell, who had run two marathons, was going to try to do Boston in 3:59. Burfoot invited Kobat and the Ferrells to join him. Will finished in 3:56:12. "Fans went nuts for him, more so than I've ever seen," says Burfoot, "and I ran with Oprah in 1994"

?After announcing their separation, in mid-February, SI's 2002 Sportsman of the Year, Lance Armstrong, and his wife, Kristin, have apparently decided to reconcile. In an interview for the June issue of Outside magazine, Kristin said she spent several days with Lance in Nice last month and that the family—the couple has three young children—will soon join him in Spain, where he's preparing for his run at a fifth straight Tour de France title. Then they plan to spend August together. "We're going to take the month and play, spend some time alone," Kristin said. "I think it's going to be O.K."

? Kenny Anderson has been hit with a $2 million lawsuit by an ex-girlfriend who says the Hornets' guard broke financial promises and abused her "physically and emotionally." Jeanette DiLone, 32, a New York City fashion stylist, said the affair lasted from 1997, when Anderson was married to former Real World cast member Tami Akbar, until 2000. ( Anderson and Akbar divored in 1998.) In the lawsuit DiLone accuses Anderson of, among other things, demanding that she dye her hair blonde to satisfy a sexual fantasy. DiLone also says Anderson offered her a million dollars to quit her job so that she would be available to him. Anderson has denied the allegations. "I never promised her anything," he said. "Aren't people allowed to break up with their girlfriends?"

? Dick Vitale is joining the horsey set. He and Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino, whose AP Valentine finished second in the Preakness and Belmont in 2001, are part owners of a 2-year-old. The colt's name? Awesome Baby....

Islanders arena hostess Jill Nicolini, who recently left Kevin Gallaher at the altar in the finale of Married by America, was booed in her first game back at Nassau Coliseum last Wednesday....

Paramount has indefinitely delayed the release of Against the Ropes, a drama loosely based on the life of female boxing manager Jackie Kallen. The movie, which stars Meg Ryan and Omar Epps, was scheduled to open this Friday. The studio said it was worried that the flick's "message would be lost amidst the current war coverage." Another possible reason for the delay? It's the Peter McNeeley of fight films. Advance buzz has not been good. Barbra Streisand, with 1979's The Main Event, is still the undisputed champ at playing a female boxing manager.

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