Posted by: Joe English | January 21, 2008

Lance Armstrong to run 2008 Boston Marathon

In a press release late last week, the Boston Athletic Association tells us that Lance Armstrong will run the Boston Marathon this coming April. Armstrong, perhaps one of the most famous athletes of all time, made his marathon running debut in the 2006 New York City Marathon. He then ran the New York City marathon again in 2007. He qualified for Boston in both races, running 2:46:43 in the 2007 race.

Lance Armstrong
Photo: Lance Armstrong after the 2007 New York City Marathon

Below is the press release. I’ll try my hardest to get an interview with him out on the course.

Boston, Mass. – Lance Armstrong, the seven-time Tour de France champion,
has entered the 2008 Boston Marathon, the Boston Athletic Association
announced today. Armstrong qualified for the Boston Marathon with a 2:46:43
finish at the 2007 ING New York City Marathon. The Boston Marathon
qualifying time for Armstrong’s 35-39-year-old age group is 3 hours, 15
minutes.

Armstrong won the 1993 World Cycling Championship as well as multiple
stages of the Tour de France before being diagnosed with an aggressive form
of testicular cancer in 1996. Though the cancer spread to his lungs and
brain, Armstrong recovered to win seven consecutive Tour de France titles
(1999-2005).

Following his retirement from professional cycling, Armstrong competed in
the 2006 ING New York City Marathon, completing the race in 2:59:36. He
returned to New York City a year later, improving his time to 2:46:43. In
Boston, Armstrong will be raising money for the Lance Armstrong Foundation,
which pursues an agenda focused on cancer prevention, access to screening
and care, the improvement of the quality of life for cancer survivors, and
an investment in research.

The 112th Boston Marathon will be held on Monday, April 21, 2008, Patriots’
Day in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The race follows a 26.2-mile
point-to-point route from the town of Hopkinton, Mass., to Boston’s Back
Bay. The race begins at 10:00 a.m.

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Responses

  1. Boston is a harder marathon than New York especially with its famed “Heartbreak hill” hope Lance prepares well. But of course the screaming babes will be there to cheer all runners.

    http://roadracer.wordpress.com/2007/12/08/boston-marathon-toughest-marathon/

  2. […] Lance goes to Boston – It may sound like a children’s book, but the annoucement this month that Lance Armstrong will run the Boston Marathon may mean that running is more than a passing interest for the grand champion of cycling. His 2:46:43 at New York last November in his second marathon means that he’s. . . well, pretty darn fast. I still would love to see Lance make an attempt at an Ironman. He can swim, he’s scary on the bike, and he’s got some legs. That would be cool to see. […]

  3. […] Question: What will Lance Armstrong run in the Boston Marathon? Posted on February 4, 2008 by coachjoeenglish A reader names Ken writes in the following comment after reading about Lance Armstrong running in the upcoming Boston Marathon: […]


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