Messier completes NYC marathon

Mark Messier 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 on Sunday, beating Graves’ 2006 time by 13 minutes and falling short of Richter’s time of 3:54:34 set 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."

The Hall of Famer didn’t use a trainer, running by himself on the roads of Greenwich, Conn., with no headphones. He trained intensely for seven months, calling it an "incredible form of meditation."

Messier was among 15 celebrities, ranging from sports to film to music and food, participating in ING New York City Marathon’s charity program.

The campaign aims to raise more than $26.2 million among the 200 charities. A record 47,107 runners started the race through the five boroughs.