November 7, 2011 in Sports

Messier runs New York Marathon for charity


Mark Messier (pictured) was looking for a challenge after turning 50. So he followed in the footsteps of 1994 Stanley Cup champion teammates Mike Richter and Adam Graves by completing the New York City Marathon. The six-time Stanley Cup champion finished in 4 hours, 14 minutes, 21 seconds Sunday, beating Graves’ 2006 time by 13 minutes and falling short of Richter’s time of 3:54:34 in 2007. Messier ran for two charities around the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11: Tomorrow’s Children’s Fund and Answer the Call, which supports the surviving family members of 9/11 first responders. “I just got filled up with inspiration,” Messier said. “I feel great.” Other celebrity athletes to finish the race were softball pitcher Jennie Finch (4:05.26) and speed skater Apolo Anton Ohno (3:25.14). – Associated Press

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