Cyclist Lance Armstrong competed in the Revolution3 Half-Full Triathlon this past weekend in Baltimore, after organizers for the charity event dropped sanctioning so he could participate.
Armstrong had recently been stripped of his Tour de France wins and banned from any future sanctioned events as the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency prepared to release evidence of him using performance-enhancing drugs through the years as he competed.
The cyclist denied and fought back against several past accusations of doping, but says he is now done fighting and will not address the latest charges.
Armstrong has also been banned for life from officially competing in events sanctioned by Olympic governing bodies. However, a decision was made by charity organizers to drop official sanctioning to ensure Armstrong would be able to be a part of the race. Organizer Brock Yetso, president of the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults, says “it was an easy decision” because the event raises money for cancer.
Armstrong, a cancer survivor himself, competed against a field full of fellow cancer survivors, and finished the 70 mile combined swim, bike and run in 4 hours, 16 minutes. Yetso said of the 300 competitors, only 2 dropped out of the race because of the decision to drop sanctioning for Lance.
Armstrong’s “Livestrong” foundation helped to establish the Ulman Cancer Fund, which also factored into the choice.
On September 30th, Armstrong also competed in and won the 34th SuperFrog Triathlon in Southern California. The SuperFrog competition raises money for the Navy SEAL Foundation, and had been seeking USAT sanctioning but dropped it after Armstrong applied to participate in the event.
Prior to winning 7 straight Tour de France’s, in October 1996, Lance Armstrong was diagnosed as having testicular cancer with a tumor that had metastasized to his brain and lungs; his prognosis was initially poor. His cancer treatments included brain and testicular surgery and extensive chemotherapy and made a full recovery.