(Update: Nov. 5, 2006 “Lance Armstrong NYC Marathon results”)
Lance Armstrong takes to the streets of New York City on Sunday for the ING New York City Marathon.
I don't know if the 7-time Tour de France bike race winner chose to do this on a whim, or if it was sparked by a deal with his shoe sponsors. But outside of the world of marathon runners, he's probably the best known person in the field of 37,000.
That's why MediaZone is adding a special “LanceCam” to its live online coverage at its NBC Sports website. The “LanceCam” is a dedicated camera that will track Armstrong during the race. The website also features a “RunnerCam” that notifies online viewers when a runner wearing a bib number they've entered is passing one of three checkpoints and the finish.
The LanceCam is free for the first 30 minutes and that and the RunnerCam cost $4.99 after that. See details about LanceCam here.
If you don't want to watch 3-plus hours on the computer, NBC will broadcast a 1-hour highlights show beginning at 2 p.m. (EST) Sunday.
How will Armstrong do? Earlier he said he wants to finish in under 3 hours; 7-minute miles, would put him just over that mark. The race winner (Kenyan Paul Tergat is defending his title) is expected to complete the course in about 2 hours and 10 minutes.
The Discovery Channel pro cycling team fan site (Paceline.com) says Armstrong has turned to his former coach, Chris Carmichael, to help prepare for the race. Not able to get out for runs everyday, Armstrong is working out on a treadmill, as well as swimming, mountain biking and kayaking to increase core strength to offset the impact of running.
The starting time is 10:10 a.m. (EST) Sunday (9:05 a.m. for wheelchair and 9:35 for professional women). A 7-minute pace would put Armstrong across the finish at about 1:13 p.m.