By: Adam Gretz
As far as athletes go, I have a great deal of respect for anybody that can complete a full marathon, or, heck, even attempt it. It has to take a tremendous amount of dedication, strength, stamina and training to not only prepare for it, but to actually do it. It's no small accomplishment.
The New York Marathon took place on Sunday, and former NHL great -- and Stanley Cup Champion with the Edmonton Oilers and New York Rangers -- Mark Messier took part in, and completed the 26.2 mile race in just a little over four hours.
Upon crossing the finish line, the 50-year-old Hockey Hall of Famer was so exhausted and dizzy that he had to be taken to a medical tent on a wheelchair. Fortunately, he released a statement on Sunday night that said he "Just got filled up with inspiration. I feel great now."
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He ran to raise money for two charities - Tomorrow's Children's Fund and Answer the Call, which supports the surviving families of 9/11 first responders. But it was Messier who needed help after accomplishing his goal.
He leaned on a railing by the finish line and asked to sit down, said Mary Wittenberg, the CEO of the New York Road Runners, the marathon organizer. He was then escorted to a TV studio and rested for five minutes before going to the medical tent.
The paper also has a brief video of Messier being taken away to the medical tent. But again, fortunately, everything seems to be OK. And a tip of the cap to Messier and all those that took part in the race.