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Lance Armstrong prohibited from running Chicago Marathon

Updated: September 8, 2012 12:56AM

The Bank of America Chicago Marathon has prohibited former cycling champion Lance Armstrong from running because he violated anti-doping regulations.

The marathon — to be run this year on Oct. 7 — adheres to USA Track & Field rules, which includes United States Anti-Doping Agency regulations for testing marathon runners, according to a statement from Lauren Fimbres Wood, marathon spokeswoman.

Because the USADA has placed a lifetime ban on Armstrong, he will not be able to run in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon or any race sanctioned by USA Track & Field, Wood said.

Armstrong had planned to run the marathon to help raise money for the Livestrong Foundation, which seeks to help cancer survivors, a spokesman said.

The Bank of American Chicago Marathon, however, had no direct contact with Armstrong, who did not submit a formal registration, Wood said.

Armstrong did not register because he was told on Thursday that his application would be rejected, spokesman Mark Fabiani said.

Bill Stapleton, an agent for Armstrong, said in a statement that, “People are now seeing USADA for what it really is: An out-of-control agency that uses millions of taxpayer dollars to deprive athletes of the most basic due process rights.

“USADA’s unprecedented and irrational efforts to strong-arm local race organizers and prevent Lance from participating in Team Livestrong fundraising is just the latest chapter in USADA’s never-ending vendetta against Lance,” Staleton said.

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