Stanley Cup Champion Messier To Run NYC Marathon

Mark Messier will be trying his hand at the ING New York City Marathon next month. Photo: Wikipedia

He is doing it to raise money for two charities.

Mark Messier will be trying his hand at the ING New York City Marathon next month. Photo: Wikipedia

He once skated on ice and got into his share of fights, but now six-time champion Mark Messier will be lacing up his running shoes and taking on the marathon.

The former New York Rangers hockey player, now 50, made this announcement at the Empire State Building yesterday.

He said he will be giving the 26.2-mile distance a shot to raise money for two charities: the New York Police & Fire Widows’ and Children’s Benefit Fund and the Tomorrows Children’s Fund. Three of Messiers’ former Rangers teammates, Adam Graves, Mike Richter, and Pat Lafontaine.

“It’s a huge challenge for me,” Messier said at an event for the New York Police & Fire Widows’ and Children’s Benefit Fund. “I was never a runner when I trained to play hockey. This is something at 50 that has been a big challenge. Re-training all my muscles completely from skating has been a challenge.  I don’t really have any goals, but I think finishing would be a tremendous feat for me.”

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