Amani Toomer To Run Marathon For Charity

Amani Toomer was at New Meadowlands Stadium Wednesday to promote his entry into the Nov. 7 New York City Marathon.

The former New York Giants' wide receiver, who retired a year ago after a distinguished 13-year career, will be running to benefit the New York Road Runner's Youth Program. Toomer will be starting last in the marathon and his sponsor, TIMEX, will donate $1 to the program for every runner Amani passes.

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"Sometimes when players get done there's no goal, there's no purpose to what they're doing," Toomer said. "So now I'm getting into broadcasting but I have a physical goal which is to stay in shape and finish this marathon."

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Toomer has never done anything like this, and TIMEX is equipping Toomer with a Timex Ironman Global Trainer, a GPS-enabled training tool that tracks pace, distance and heart rate data.

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He has also enlisted Chris Thomas, 2009 USAT Amateur Triathlete of the Year, to help him train.

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It will be interesting to see just how far Amani makes it during the race. Good luck, No. 81.

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