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Lance Armstrong Tweet Inspires Flash Mob Of Runners In NYC

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) - If you tweet it, they will run.

WCBS 880's Alex Silverman On The Story


Cycling champion Lance Armstrong sent out a tweet for people to join him on a 4 to 5-mile run/jog in Central Park on Sunday evening, and it worked.

His tweet on Friday read "Hey NYC! - how bout a "Fight Like Hell" Twitter Run? Meet at Nike Town (57th St) @ 6pm this Sunday. 4-5 miles thru the city. #fightlikehell"

A new tweet was sent out on Saturday reading "Hey Livestrong NYC, change of plans "Fight Like Hell" The Run now @ 59th & CPW (the Globe). Be there Sunday at 6. #fightlikehell"

More than a hundred people came in from all over to join the cancer survivor and 7-time Tour de France champion.

Among them was Christopher Heuisler, who is making a film about his attempt to beat Armstrong's marathon time.

"Lance is a cyclist. I don't consider him a runner, and I'm a runner. I decided to train as hard as I can for one year and beat his time of 2:46:43," Heuisler told WCBS 880 reporter Alex Silverman.

Heuisler has been training for the past 10 months and says he has made sacrifices with the sole intention of beating the cyclist's time.

"He inspired most people to be the best they can," Heuisler said. "He did it for me. The guy's inspirational to people for many more bigger reasons than mine. Someone I know had cancer and that's a much bigger issue than me trying to beat his time in the New York City Marathon. I haven't lost that perspective."

Did you do any running this weekend? Where did you go? Did you set any new personal records or achieve any goals? Share your story in the comments section below!

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