The Real Housewives of New York City star Kelly Killoren Bensimon may be better known for racking up tabloid headlines than racking up miles, but that’s not stopping her from hitting the streets of the Windy City this weekend for the Rock ‘n‘Roll Chicago Half Marathon benefiting the American Cancer Society. And who better to guide her through some pre-race prep than fellow New Yorkers—and professional triathletes—Laurel and Rebeccah Wassner?
The trio met in Central Park just days before Bensimon toes the line on Sunday as part of a star-studded celebrity lineup (Giuliana Rancic of E! News and former Bachelor Jake Pavelka, amongst others, are also slated to run). The 42-year-old model and writer gleaned tips from the Wassner twins, which touched on everything from when to eat a gel pack (“about halfway through,” advised Rebeccah) to finish line poses (Laurel suggested to “make sure to finish with a smile.”)
After taking her through their typical pre-race drills, the Wassners led Bensimon on a three-mile loop of the park, dodging photographers eager to snap a shot of the paparazzi-magnet. The chatty, chipper mom of two spoke of her excitement about returning to her home state (she grew up in Rockford, Ill.) as well as her hopes to inspire her fans—including 40,000 followers on Twitter—to get off the couch, turn off the TV, and get running.
“Just 20 minutes of fresh air clears my thoughts, makes my problems seem more manageable, and life more fun,” she said. “I want to motivate other people to just put on their sneakers and go.”
Speaking of fun, Bensimon plans to have lots of it on Sunday, despite getting a late jump on training (“I only started about three weeks ago,” she admitted, “but I went out for a nine-miler last week and it felt great.). And she’s confident she’ll have no problem reaching the finish line on Sunday.
“It’ll be the easiest 13 miles I’ve ever ran,” said Bensimon. “Running in a race that benefits a charity is an incredible experience. Anytime you do something for someone else, you feel better.”
Reality TV star Kelly Bensimon, center, runs with professional triathlon twins Laurel and Rebeccah Wassner in Central Park recently.
The Cinema Society & Sony Alpha Nex 5 hosted a screening of “Get Low“. Sony Alpha Nex 5 is their newest digital camera, fyi - very state-of-the-art!
Screening was at the Tribeca Grand Hotel and the party was at the Soho Grand Hotel (in the Yard), and everyone drank Appleton Estate cocktails.
Robert Duvall, Sissy Spacek, director Aaron Schneider, Doug Liman, Calvin Klein, S. Epatha Merkerson, Tom Cavanagh, Rachel Dratch, Cheyenne Jackson, Lucy Punch, Paz de la Huerta, Carlos Leon, James Lipton, Bryan Batt (“Mad Men”), Ruben Blades, Daniel Merriweather, Amanda Setton (“Gossip Girl”), Dick Cavett, Danny Aiello, John Cameron Mitchell, Judd Hirsch, Ben Shenkman, Paul Iacono, Hilary Rhoda, Sean Avery, Brendan Shanahan, Kelly Killoren Bensimon, Nicole Miller, Kelly Klein, Nigel Barker, Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, Daniel Benedict, Rachel Roy, Amy Sacco, Fernanda Motta, Julie Ordon, Lorenzo Martone, Fern Mallis, Alex & Keytt Lundqvist, Mick Rock, Alexander Dexter-Jones,Olympic medalist Tim Morehouse, Sony Pictures Classics’ Co-President Michael Barker, producer Dean Zanuck, executive producer Joey Rappa, and Cinema Society founder Andrew Saffir.
An 8-year labor of love for producer Dean Zanuck (road to Perdition), Get Low is directed by Academy Award winner Aaron Schneider, and is written by Chris Provenzano (Mad Men) and C. Gaby Mitchell (Blood Diamond). “Get Low” is a magical and moving blend of folk tale, fable and real-life legend. Spun in the Southern storytelling tradition, it is about the mysterious 1930s Tennessee hermit who famously threw his own rollicking funeral party . . . while he was still alive. Academy Award winner Robert Duvall, Golden Globe winner Bill Murray, Academy Award winner Sissy Spacek and Lucas Black form an ensemble of unforgettable characters who bring to life the surprising last act of Felix Bush, a life-long maverick and misfit who has been nearly swallowed up by the power of his town’s sinister myths about him – until he sets out to make a shocking confession in front of his own memorial service. The result is a comic, poignant, at times haunting tale about the snowballing nature of secrets, stories, heartbreak and the desire for redemption.Get Low is inspired by the true story of Felix “Bush” Breazeale, who attracted national attention and the largest crowd to assemble up to that date when he threw himself a living funeral party in Roane County, Tennessee. For years, townsfolk have been terrified of the backwoods recluse known as Felix Bush (Robert Duvall). People say he’s done all manner of unspeakable things and they avoid him like the plague. Then, one day, Felix rides to town with a shotgun and a wad of cash, saying he wants to buy a funeral. It’s not your usual funeral for the dead Felix wants. On the contrary, he wants a “living funeral,” in which anyone who ever had heard a story about him will come to tell it, while he takes it all in. Sensing a big payday in the offing, fast-talking funeral home owner Frank Quinn (Bill Murray) enlists his gentlemanly young apprentice, Buddy Robinson (Lucas Black), to win over Felix’s business. Buddy is no stranger to Felix’s dark reputation, but what he discovers is that behind Felix’s surreal plan lies a very real and long-held secret that must get out. As the funeral approaches, the mystery– which involves the widow Mattie Darrow (Sissy Spacek), the only person in town who ever got close to Felix, and the Illinois preacher Charlie Jackson (Bill Cobbs), who refuses to speak at his former friend’s funeral – only deepens.
Every summer the Mercedes Benz Bridgehampton Polo draws a crowd of polo watching lovers, major sponsors, and now….those who love to mingle and meet anyone single under the tent. It’s even drawn reality stars like Kourtney Khardasian and her baby daddy Scott Disick to see whats hot on the field and under the tent. This season, I am filming my first episode for my new show on Plum T.V. , where I take you behind the hedges and through the luxurious and incredible landscapes, and also to some of the best fishing sceneries in the world. While the polo goers were chatting up a storm, I was interviewing and sweating in my vintage Halston. Some say the rich & famous come here to vacation only because rich gets richer. But its the magical light and sunset that makes you stop your car that lures us all back. Congratulations to all the polo players, sponsors, men and women who really dress to make polo what it is today. I was there when the first match launched. There were 100 of us there at that time, now there are thousands.
Since the brand’s 2006 debut, Spurr has been honored as one of the ‘Best New Menswear Designers in America’ by GQ and the CFDA, and DNR, gave Spurr the ‘Editor’s Choice Award for Best New Label’ . His leather fall 10 mens pea coats and suits are amazing. Actually all of his collections that I checked out at Blue and Cream, looked hot.
I know just the man who should walk with me wearing Spurrs designs, do you?