Lance Armstrong finished the New York City marathon last Sunday in a time of 2:59:36. In his first attempt at a such an event, he was 869th in a field of 38,368. The seven-time Tour de France winner also reached his goal of being within an hour of the winner's time: 2:09:58, run by Brazilian Marilson Gomes dos Santos.
"In 20 years of pro sports, endurance sports, from triathlons to cycling, all the Tours, even the worst days in the Tours, nothing was as hard as that, and nothing left me feeling the way I feel now in terms of just sheer fatigue and soreness," Armstrong was quoted as saying afterwards.
Along the way, he was paced by three top marathoners: Alberto Salazar, Joan Benoit Samuelson and Hicham el-Guerrouj, courtesy of Nike. Without them, Armstrong said, he would have taken three and a half hours.
Armstrong's participation in the event was aimed at raising funds for the Lance Armstrong Foundation. It was a successful three hours, as he and a hundred others netted more than $600,000 for the cancer related charity.