Edward Norton to run alongside Maasais

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EDWARD_NORTON_980164022.jpgNEW YORK, October 27, 2009 – Actor and activist Edward Norton will run alongside a group of Maasai warriors to raise awareness of conservation issues in this year’s New York marathon, according to a statement.

Norton, the Oscar-nominated star of “Fight Club”, “The Incredible Hulk” and “American History X”, is running to help the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust, who he has had a long association with.

“We came up with the idea of raising funds by fielding a team of runners because the Maasai are born runners, runners as a matter of culture and heritage,” Norton said in a statement.

“I’ve never run a marathon before and the difficulty of it is both intimidating and motivating, especially when it’s for a cause like this.”

Norton and three Maasai warriors will be part of a group of around 30 people taking part in the November 1 race.

The actor’s participation was confirmed as the organization announced a web-based fundraising effort, www.maasaimarathon.com, to bring together corporate sponsors and grassroots donors.

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