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Lance Armstrong to run in Boston Marathon

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Associated Press / January 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.

Armstrong, 36, qualified for Boston by finishing last year's New York City Marathon in 2:46:43, good enough for 214th place among men. The Boston qualifying time for men ages 35-39 is 3:15.

"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 with testicular cancer in 1996 that spread to his lungs and brain. But he recovered to win the world's premiere cycling event seven times 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.

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