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Harry Potter actress trades in wizard’s wand for running shoes at NYC Half

Evanna Lynch, the actress who played Luna Lovegood in the film series Harry Potter, will be running her first half-marathon this weekend in New York City.

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Evanna Lynch, the actress who played Luna Lovegood in the film series Harry Potter, will be trading in her wizard’s wand for running shoes and a bib number this weekend as she’s expected to make her half-marathon debut at the United Airlines NYC Half.

The race is one of the largest events in North America and begins Sunday morning.

Lovegood made the announcement that she will be running the event back in February asking her Facebook followers what she can expect at the race. She has never raced an event longer than 5K, according to her Feb. 15 Facebook post.

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“Speaking of running 13.1 miles [21.1K]…um, how does one do that?” wrote Lynch. “If you have experience running long distances and tips to share with a first time half-marathon runner I would love to hear them. I ran eight miles [12.8K] yesterday [Feb. 14] which was my longest run yet and my knees are not happy.”

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Lynch is an Irish actress best known for her role as Lovegood making her first appearance in the fifth film of the series. She would go on to star in four of the Harry Potter films between 2007 and 2011. The film series is based on the book of the same name, written by J.K. Rowling, and follows the life of wizard Harry Potter.

Lovegood is a wizard and schoolmate of Harry Potter, who was portrayed by Daniel Radcliffe.

As seen in the above photo, it appears that Lynch has been following a foam rolling routine, a smart tactics for runners who want to keep their muscles loose.

Canadian masters athlete Catherine Watkins will also be toeing the line on March 20. She was named Canadian Running‘s masters athlete of the year and represented Canada at the Pan Am Games last summer in Toronto.

RELATED: Natasha Wodak after the NYC Half.

She will be part of the women’s elite field according to her blog.

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