Ed Norton and Maasai warriors to run the N.Y.C. Marathon. Piece of cake. No lions.

86375140 Edward Norton ("American History X", "Fight Club") will run the New York City Marathon with three Maasai warriors on his team of 30.

Sure, they wouldn't mind winning.

But their main goal is to raise awareness and money for the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust, a Kenya-based conservation organization.

Click here to see their Web-based fundraising efforts.

The Maasai often run for days, holding spears and shields to protect their cattle from lions. They also hunt lions for food. Imagine chasing a lion. Now imagine catching one. Makes running the Big Apple seem pretty tame, huh?

Norton got involved with the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust about eight years ago. "Their approach to conservation is a model for the kind of partnerships we need to forge if we're going to solve the puzzle of being human but living sustainably within our environment."  

Why the marathon-hook? 

"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.  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."

Good luck, Ed. 

Just don't try to keep up with those Maasai warriors. And look out for lions.

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