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Armstrong to run Boston Marathon to raise money for foundation

1/17/2008

BOSTON -- Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong
plans to run the Boston Marathon in April to raise money for his
foundation.

The 36-year-old Armstrong qualified for Boston by finishing the
2007 New York City Marathon in 2 hours, 46 minutes, 43 seconds,
good for 214th place. The Boston qualifying time is 3:15 for men
ages 35 to 39.

"For him to qualify in New York and then to take that time and
apply it to Boston says a lot about what Boston means to the sport
of marathoning," said Jack Fleming, a spokesman for the Boston
Athletic Association. "It's tough to call your marathon career
complete without running Boston."

Armstrong was diagnosed in 1996 with testicular cancer that
spread to his lungs and brain. But he recovered to win the world's
premiere cycling event from 1999 to 2005.

The Lance Armstrong Foundation supports cancer research,
prevention and better care for cancer survivors. Armstrong and
others running for the foundation raised about $500,000 at last
year's New York City Marathon.

The 112th Boston Marathon will be held April 21.