Lance Armstrong has announced yesterday that he will be participating in the New York Marathon on November 5, 2006. "We were looking at the Chicago Marathon, but a conflict arose with the date, and New York seems to fit our schedule better," Armstrong said. "I've been training some, but I wouldn't call it serious. It's just something to fill a void in my life after I quit competing as a professional cyclist."
Fellow former pro cyclist Laurent Jalabert has already achieved the feat last year, finishing in the top 500 of the approximate 8000 participants of the famous marathon. His time for 42.195 kilometres: 2:55:15, more than 45 minutes down of Kenyan winner Paul Tergat. But Armstrong has a greater experience in the discipline, as the seven-times Tour de France winner first started his career as a triathlete.