A recently held New York City Marathon, which also got several well-known former NBA players participating in it, revealed the winner – Dikembe Mutombo, of all people.
“Many people told me that I was going to walk after retiring five years ago, but I’m glad I pushed myself,” Mutombo said, AP reported. “It’s great. After running on a basketball court for so long and so many years, it’s good to be outside there running.”
Commissioner Adam Silver handled the first three miles, crossing the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge from Staten Island to Brooklyn. He passed a baton to Chris Mullin, another former NBA star.
The group’s total time was just over 4 hours, 48 minutes. The event was staged to try to encourage kids to exercise. Each celebrity was joined on his or her one-mile leg by a local student who takes part in marathon organizer New York Road Runners’ youth programs.
Mutombo eschewed running shoes for some more familiar gear.
“I’ve been running all of my life with the high-top shoes,” he said. “So I really don’t know that much what it’s like running with the low-cut shoes. So when I put these shoes on, it’s a great brand; it’s the Dikembe Mutombo brand. So I was happy to run in them.”
Among the other participants were other former NBA players: Nate “Tiny” Archibald, Charles Oakley, Bernard King, Darryl Dawkins, Jason Collins, Sam Perkins, Felipe Lopez, Steve Smith, Greg Anthony, Allan Houston
The league is seeking to reach a half-million youngsters in the five boroughs through fitness programs in conjunction with hosting the festivities.
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