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Sean Astin’s Passion for Running

Actor Sean Astin has taken his passion for running to a new level. We may all know him as Samwise Gamgee in The Lord of the Rings Motion Picture Trilogy, however, if you follow Sean on Twitter, it’s easy to see he’s a fan of running. And it’s on his new website,, that we get a better understanding of what drives his passion. On it he states:


Why Do I Run?

I’ve been long distance running for 25 years. It is one of the most rewarding physical activities imaginable. It is hard. It is Painful and It is Fun. It confers legitimacy on my day. It makes me feel alive. Simply stated, I love running and I love running far. Above all else, running is selfish. Therefore…

1st I Run For Me

My family waits for me. My family listens to my stories from the road. My family has faith in me. My family loves me, trusts me and depends on me. My family is patient. My family is strong. Therefore…

2nd I Run For My Family

While running is in many ways about solitude, I rarely run alone. My thoughts are always with me. My hopes, my fears, my dreams, they come along too. From start to stop I yearn to understand the greater meaning of my journey. With every beat of a runner’s heart, with every pounding step, Life itself is Affirmed. And so, it costs nothing, yet can mean everything for any runner, for me, to make a simple dedication, to say that these steps I am taking are not mine to own. It means something to me to declare that because I am alive and I care for others…

3rd I Run for YOU

After posting a link to his site on Twitter, Sean’s fans began to respond. Some asked him to run for ill family members, some asked him to run for teens who suffer from bullying, and others gave their own reasons for why they themselves run.

Sean’s already signed up for the March 18 Los Angeles Marathon and has promised to wear his #run3rd shirt. We want you to help spread the word! Follow Sean Astin on Twitter and “tweet a dedication for someone you love, a cause you believe in or any positive statement using the hash tag #run3rd.


A big thanks to our friends at Sean Astin Fan for sharing this news with us!

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