Pamela Anderson to run the New York Marathon for Haitian relief

The woman famous for running on the beach in a skimpy red bathing suit is stretching her running legs yet again -- but this time it's for charity.

Pamela Anderson has announced she will be taking part in this year's New York Marathon to raise money for victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake.

"I'm running the New York Marathon this year and raising funds for the J/P Haitian Relief Organization," she said in a tweet.

The Canadian actress has just over a month to reach her goal of $500,000 for J/P HRO, an organization founded by actor Sean Penn that aims to save lives and bring sustainable programs to Haiti.

"It has been heartbreaking to witness the poverty among people in what should be a very rich country," she said on her fundraising page. She added: "It feels good to help. And it heals us too." 

Pamela has grabbed media attention for her charity work in the past, most notably for her animal rights activism, in which she posed for a number of scantily clad advertisements for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). She’s also a supporter of Greenpeace and the Tony Hawk Foundation.

The 46-year-old blond bombshell will run the 42-km road race on Nov. 3. Other celebrities participating in the event include supermodel Christy Turlington and reality TV star Bill Rancic.

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