Armstrong banned from competing in Chicago Marathon


CHICAGO — Chicago Marathon director Carey Pinkowski said Friday that sanctioning rules would prevent Lance Armstrong from running the Oct. 7 Bank of America Chicago Marathon.

Those rules, which prohibit banned athletes from entering races sanctioned by USA Track & Field, also apply to the Boston Marathon and New York Marathon.

Pinkowski also said Armstrong had not submitted a formal entry to the race.

“I have had no direct contact from Lance or anyone representing him,” Pinkowski said. “We had some indication from his charity (Livestrong) that Lance might have been interested in running.”

Runnersworld.com first reported Friday that Armstrong was denied entry to the Chicago race.

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency issued Aug. 24 penalties against Armstrong that stripped his seven Tour de France titles and banned him for life from all sports governed by federations that are signatories to the World Anti-Doping Code.

USADA sanctioned him for use, possession, trafficking and administration of prohibited substances and/or methods.

Rule 10.10 of the code spells out the ban:

No athlete or other person who has been declared ineligible may, during the period of ineligibility, participate in any capacity in a competition or activity (other than authorized anti-doping education or rehabilitation programs) authorized or organized by any signatory, signatory’s member organization, or a club or other member organization of a signatory’s member organization, or in competitions authorized or organized by any professional league or any international- or national-level event organization.

“Rule 10.10 of the WADA code is very clear,” USATF spokesperson Jill Geer said Friday. “And USATF confirmed with USADA that Mr. Armstrong’s ban extends to other sports including track and field and road running.”

In June, when USADA charged him with doping, the World Triathlon Corporation banned him from the Ironman events it governs.

Pinkowski said he learned again from a Livestrong official who attended Thursday’s Chicago Marathon charity operations meeting that Armstrong was considering a run in either Chicago or New York.

Earlier this week, he had a telephone conversation about Armstrong’s apparent desire to run with New York Marathon director Mary Wittenberg and Boston Marathon director Tom Grilk. Pinkowski said they agreed that WADA rules would prevent Armstrong from entering their races.

“All I needed to hear is that USATF has said he is ineligible,” Grilk said.

Telephone and text messages seeking comment from Wittenberg were not immediately returned.

Pinkowski said Livestrong officials have assured him the charity intends to continue its association with the Chicago Marathon.