“I want to bridge the gap between what we consider a pro athlete and that person that doesn’t consider themselves to be an athlete at all,” the comedian, 37, tells Runner’s World in the magazine’s 50th Anniversary issue, on newsstands on October 18. “I’m not an athlete.”
Hart hopes the fact that he is not a professional athlete inspires others to get active by leading by example.
“I’m not getting rewards or accolades for running, but if I show people that you can do this at the highest level for you, then I think it becomes contagious,” he says.
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Hart says that being a “runner” is a matter of choice, and that anyone can do it.
“A lot of people think to themselves, ‘Well, I’m not a runner,'” he tells the magazine. “I just feel like there’s no such thing; you are what you say you are. So in my mind, I am a runner now. I love to run. Who stops me from giving myself that title? I embrace it and I wear it proudly.”
Hart took his status as a runner to a new level by participating in the 199-mile Hood to Coast relay race in Oregon in August.
“I think this race is a life-changing experience, and who knows, it may set off that marathon bug,” he said after completing the race. “You never know with me. That’s the beauty of being Kevin Hart. I am the most random, spontaneous individual you will ever meet. I believe that within this life I should try and do as much as I can while I can.”