FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Lance Armstrong to Run 112th Boston Marathon
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
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
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.