Sean Penn Sponsors 5 Haitians to Run in NYC Marathon

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NEW YORK (AP) - Sean Penn is ecstatic that his relief organization will sponsor runners from Haiti to participate in the New York City Marathon.

The J/P Health Relief Organization will include five Haitians on the nation's 10-person team for next month's 26-mile run.

The 53-year old actor just came back from Haiti's capital, Port-au-Prince, where he visited the runners. He spoke of his admiration for their great discipline and spirit.

The two-time Oscar-winning actor made the comments at the world premiere of his film, "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" at the New York Film Festival. Penn stars alongside writer-director Ben Stiller in the film.

The New York Marathon takes place on Nov. 3.

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