It’s no secret that Ashton Kutcher is a country music fan, so it’s no surprise that he recruited a few of his country music friends, including Thomas Rhett, to help him prepare for the 2022 TCS New York City Marathon with Peloton.
Kutcher and Rhett have a history together, dating back several years. In 2016, the pair joined forces to cover Garth Brooks during a concert near Kutcher’s hometown in Iowa. They struck up a friendship and have even gone on double dates with their wives, Mila Kunis and Lauren Akins. Earlier this year, teamed up at California’s Stagecoach Festival to reprise their duet of “Friends In Low Places.”
Most recently, the actor, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and humanitarian invited Rhett to help him prepare for the marathon while training on the Peloton Tread as part of the Our Future Selves with Ashton Kutcher series.
“Ladies and gentlemen, on board with us today we have Mr. Thomas Rhett,” Kutcher says in the exclusive preview clip, premiering on Country Now. “I feel like we’re at a 47 out of 10 and it just keeps cranking!”
Joining the pair for the workout is Peloton Instructor Becs Gentry, who admits she’s found herself listening to country music more often since she relocated to the United States.
“When I first met Ashton, we kind of joked that I never play that much country music in my classes,” she explains. “Since I’ve moved to the U.S., it’s become a lot more prevalent in my life and Thomas Rhett is one of the artists that I’ve been like, ‘okay, yeah, this is pretty cool music.’”
Rhett may not be a marathon runner, but he has what it takes to put on a two-hour show on stage every night, so he was up for this challenge.
“I can do a half marathon, but you know, 26.1 miles, that’s a lot,” Rhett says.
Kutcher hilariously interjects with a correction, “It’s 26.2. Don’t short-change the mileage!”
Throughout the workout, Kutcher and Rhett discuss what keeps the country superstar going, setting goals, pushing the envelope, being authentic, and fishing.
The 10-week,16-episode series also features Kenny Chesney, Kim Kardashian, Natalie Portman, John Batiste, Chris Paul, and Allyson Felix as they help get Kutcher get marathon ready.
Kutcher is running the marathon to raise money and awareness for his nonprofit, Thorn, which builds technology to defend children from sexual exploitation and eliminate child sexual abuse material from the internet.
“Running this marathon is all about raising funds and awareness for my nonprofit, Thorn. Protecting kids from sexual abuse is something I’ve been working on for a decade and much like a marathon we will only reach our goal through dedication, endurance, and discipline,” said Ashton Kutcher, co-founder of Thorn. “Having Peloton instructors get me marathon ready has been incredible and creating this series has been a blast. I’ve talked to brilliant actors, musicians, writers, athletes and doctors about what keeps them going and their “why.”
To learn more about Thorn, click HERE.