Uzo Aduba to run Boston Marathon for cancer funds


LOS ANGELES — There’s nothing crazy about Uzo Aduba’s latest endeavor. The actress who plays Crazy Eyes on “Orange is the New Black” is preparing to run the Boston Marathon to raise money for cancer research.

The April 20 race will be Aduba’s second marathon. Her first, also to support cancer research, was in New York two years ago.

“When I ran New York, there were four people in my life: one had passed, and three were battling cancer,” Aduba said. “Now, today, there’s only one still fighting.”

A particularly personal loss in the fall inspired the actress to take on 26.2 miles again, this time in her hometown. Aduba is part of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s marathon challenge, and the actress released a video Tuesday to spread the word about sponsoring her run.

“I can’t believe I’m going from the seat of spectator to the place of participant,” said Aduba, a Massachusetts native who grew up watching the event.

A lifelong athlete, Aduba was a sprinter in high school and during college at Boston University. She switched to long-distance running when she moved to New York to pursue her acting career.

Since beginning her training, Aduba runs about 5 miles a day, with a 10- to 18-mile run on weekends. When she feels like quitting, she thinks about her loved ones fighting cancer.

“They ran a race much harder than mine,” she said.

Aduba has already raised $4,000 toward cancer research with her Boston bid.