Amani Toomer, the former New York Giants wide receiver who is running the ING New York Marathon today for charity, said he hopes to pass around 20,000 runners.
Toomer will start dead last in the field. However, for every runner he passes, Timex will donate $1 to the New York Road Runner’s Foundation Youth Programs.
“I feel good,” Toomer said in an interview with NBC just before the race. “It’s a little chilly. The wind is whistling through my bald head. I just want to get a good pace and soak up the atmosphere.”
Over two million fans are projected to attend the 26.2-mile marathon’s 41st edition, which kicked off with the Wheelchair Division at 8:30 a.m. The professional women started at 9:10 a.m., while the Open Field Including Professional Men: Wave 1 began at 9:40 a.m.
According to the NBC telecast, approximately 45,000 runners are expected to run in the marathon.