Posted by: Joe English | April 20, 2008

Armstrong targets 3:00:00 in Boston Marathon

Lance Armstrong in BostonBOSTON — At a public appearance in Boston yesterday, Lance Armstrong cleared up a question many on runner’s minds: what time will he try to run in Monday’s Boston Marathon? Armstrong, in town for the Marathon, spoke to a small group of supporters in his campaign to find cures for cancer and took some questions from the audience.

“About three hours” was his answer when by a member of the audience what time he was gunning for in the 112th Boston Marathon on Monday.

The answer clears up some speculation that surfaced amond runners about what the cycling great might try to run on Monday. His qualifying time came at the 2007 New York City Marathon, where he ran a 2:46:43 on the tough New York course.

When asked about the differences in his life as a runner and as a cyclist, Armstrong answered that he was happy not to have to spend so much time thinking about his diet. “Since I train less, I don’t have to worry so much about every calorie that I eat,” he said.

Armstrong retired after winning seven Tour de France titles as a professional cyclist. He now devotes much of his time to his Lance Armstrong foundation, which works to fund research to find cancer cures. Since his retirement, Armstrong has run two marathons. He ran 2:59:36 in the 2006 New York City Marathon and 2:46:43 in the same event in 2007.

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