Pamela Anderson

Pamela Anderson is running the New York City Marathon and not just in the hopes of burning some calories.

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The former Baywatch star announced Saturday that she is running the marathon to raise funds for the J/P Haitian Relief Organization. On her fundraising page, Anderson says she hopes to raise $500,000 by November for the 26.2 mile-long race and will do contests and other updates in the coming months.

"It has been heartbreaking to witness the poverty among people in what should be a very rich country," Anderson wrote on her fundraising page about Haiti. "It feels good to help and it heals us too."