Caitriona Balfe to run first London marathon

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Outlander star, Caitriona Balfe, has announced that she will run her first marathon this April. The actress will race for charity in the London Marathon.

There really isn’t anything Caitriona Balfe can’t do, is there? The star of Outlander has just announced that she will be running the London Marathon this year, and she’s got some incredible inspiration.

Balfe will be running the Virgin Money London Marathon with her sister Anne-Marie Balfe to raise money for the World Child Cancer organization. She posted the news (along with a video of her training) to her official Twitter account with a link to donate. She has already raised more than £7,000 (nearly $10,000 in the United States) of her $10,000 ($14,000) goal.

“For those of you who know me, this does not come easy for me but I am inspired by the fact that every penny raised will go towards helping children in developing countries have the access to life-changing care,” she wrote on Instagram. “So PLEASE donate if you can, every penny counts.”

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She has a great attitude about the whole thing, especially after Twitter users voiced their concern over the arduous task ahead.

“Running, crawling …whatever gets me over the line,” she joked back.

She’s finding the inspiration for the race through her co-star and on-screen love interest, Sam Heughan, who has run the marathon previously. She even posted a flashback photo of Heughan in a previous race.

He voiced his support for his castmate by tweeting, “Proud of you Balfe! Keep on running! And a great cause. May the wind lift your heels!”

This will be the first marathon for Balfe, though she is an avid runner in her everyday fitness regime.

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The 26.2-mile race takes place on April 22 and runners will race through the streets of London. The race begins in Greenwich and will make it’s way through the city along the River Thames while passing historic Lond landmarks like Tower Bridge and Big Ben. The race will end at St. James Park near Westminster Abbey.

The next season of Outlander is currently being filmed but does not have an official release date yet.