NEW YORKThis month marks the 10-year anniversary of cycling great Lance Armstrong's diagnosis of testicular cancer. Mr. Armstrong, who retired from professional cycling last year after his seventh Tour de France win, is keeping busy by training for the ING New York City Marathon, which he plans to run on November 5, to foster cancer awareness and raise money for the Lance Armstrong Foundation (LAF).
Mary Wittenberg, race director of the marathon, called the 26.2-mile race "the Tour de France of our sport." She said that the ING New York City Marathon "is a celebration of life at its finest, with tens of thousands of runners striving to overcome hurdles and achieve great personal goals, using the support of millions of spectators. Lance's example will reinforce to all the benefits of an active, healthy lifestyle and the need to persevere in the face of all odds. . . . We welcome Lance with open arms."
To run with Lance as a fundraiser, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org (entry spots are limited). Runners must pledge to raise a minimum of $5,000, with LAF providing fundraising support. Runners who already have a spot in the marathon can be part of the Foundation's Grassroots Fundraising Team (no fundraising minimum required).