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Raúl runs the half marathon in New York with his wife

The retired forward and his better half, Mamen Sanz, took on the 22-kilometre challenge in the Big Apple, crossing the finish line after the two-hour mark.

Raúl González during his New York Cosmos-playing days

Among the 20,149 participants in Sunday's New York half marathon was Raúl González. The former Real Madrid, Schalke, Al Sadd and New York Cosmos player completed the course alongside his wife, Mamen Sanz. Retirement seems to have blunted the Madrid native’s competitive edge somewhat as he finished the race in 11,108th place (6,622 in the men’s category), a long way behind the podium spots, with a time of 2:06:03.

Since hanging up his boots back in November after helping the Cosmos to the NASL title, Raúl has stayed on in the Big Apple with his wife and five children.


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