Lance Armstrong wants to run this year's NYC Marathon to support Joan Benoit Samuelson
Posted Sep 30 2009 10:01pm
Lance Armstrong wants to run a fourth New York City Marathon in November.
And he' s fast. In 2007 he completed the race in 2:46:43.
But this year he only wants to run part of the race...the end part.
In 2006 Joan Benoit Samuelson accompanied Armstrong to the finish line as a pacesetter and this year he want to repay the dept.
" Samuelson, 52, is running the race to commemorate the 25th anniversary
of her landmark gold medal in the 1984 Olympic marathon, but she is
also eyeing an age-group record in the race. To be eligible for a
record, she can have a pacesetter. But were Armstrong to run as one, he
would have to begin the race at the start; he cannot jump in at a later
point, " according to the New York Times.
“There was an idea put out there to run a part of the race with
Joanie,” Mark Higgins, Armstrong’s manager, said in an e-mail message,
referring to Samuelson’s desire to celebrate the 40th running of the
race and her 25th anniversary of her gold medal. “But since she is
running as a competitive athlete in her age group, he cannot do that.”