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Chicago Marathon says Armstrong can’t run

Chicago Marathon director Carey Pinkowski confirmed Friday that the ban meted out to Lance Armstrong by the US Anti-Doping Agency means the cyclist can’t run in the race. Pinkowski issued a statement after Armstrong spokesman Mark Fabiani told Runnersworld.com that the cyclist and cancer activist, who was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned for life for multiple doping infractions by USADA, had been told he couldn’t enter the October 7 event. “USADA’s lifetime ban prohibits Lance Armstrong from entering races sanctioned by USA Track and Field, which applies to the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, as well as all competitions governed by USA Track and Field,” Pinkowski said in a statement, although Pinkowski said Armstrong had not actually submitted an entry. “The Bank of America Chicago Marathon has had no direct contact with Lance Armstrong, nor had he submitted a formal registration to participate in the race.” Pinkowski told the Chicago Tribune that there had been “some indication from his charity” that Armstrong might have been interested in participating. Armstrong ran the New York Marathon in 2006 and 2007 and the Boston Marathon in 2008. USADA announced last month that Armstrong — now retired from elite level cycling — would be banned for life and stripped of his record seven Tour titles after the American opted not to fight the doping charges brought by the agency in June through arbitration.



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