updated 11/02/2009 AT 8:00 AM ET
•originally published 11/02/2009 AT 9:00 AM ET
Of the 43,741 people who ran the New York City Marathon on Sunday, a handful stood out, both for having claims to fame and for their reasons for running.
Alanis Morrissette, former ER doc Anthony Edwards, The Incredible Hulk’s Edward Norton and Christopher Reeve’s son Matthew battled through the sweat and determination on the streets of the Big Apple, all for a good cause.
“It was such a thrill but I’m burnt,” Edwards told PEOPLE moments after crossing the finish line. “I’m totally tired! But that’s the point. I’m just so happy that I finished. But tomorrow I’m going to feel happier.”