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.
"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."â†µ
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.â†µ
He has also enlisted Chris Thomas, 2009 USAT Amateur Triathlete of the Year, to help him train.â†µ
It will be interesting to see just how far Amani makes it during the race. Good luck, No. 81.