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Although seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong won’t be competing in next month’s Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii, he has not given up on multisport participation for the year. In his announcement that he would no longer fight charges from the United States Anti-Doping Agency, Armstrong said he would continue to serve “people and families affected by cancer” and “attempt to be the fittest 40-year old on the planet.” He will test his fitness and raise money for cancer research in two triathlons in the coming weeks.
Armstrong will compete at the Superfrog Triathlon in Coronado, Calif. on Sept. 30. The race confirmed the rumors last night.
“Superfrog Triathlon, the world’s longest-standing half-ironman, is pleased to announce seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong has accepted the invitation to race the Sept. 30 event and partner his charity, the Livestrong Foundation, with Superfog Inc.’s charitable arm, the Navy Seal Foundation, in a post-race Q&A fundraiser, presented by Trident Endurance Sports,” said race director Mitch Hall.
After the race, Armstrong will take part in a Q&A with the goal of raising funds for the Navy Seal Foundation and the Livestrong Foundation. Only 250 guests will be allowed to attend the event, held at the Hotel Del Coronado, and 100 percent of the proceeds will be split between the foundations. (To learn how to attend, email Karen at Karen@superfrogtriathlon.com.)
According to his latest tweet, Armstrong will turn around and compete in another race just one week later.
“Can’t wait to race w/ fellow survivors in the @halffulltri benefiting the @UlmanCancerFnd on Oct. 7th. http://Ulmanfund.org #UCFYA,” Armstrong tweeted on Wednesday morning.
The Half-Full Triathlon, which takes place on Oct. 7 in Howard County, Maryland, features two distances—the Half 70-mile Distance, with a .9-mile swim, 56-mile bike and 13.1-mile run, and the Olympic 40-Mile Distance with a .9-mile swim, 32-mile bike and 6.5-mile run. At the beginning of this year, the race partnered with the Revolution3 Triathlon Series and is now a part of that series. The slightly unconventional distance of the half (70 miles instead of the usual 70.3) was chosen because, according to the Rev3 website, 70,000 is the estimated number of young adults diagnosed with cancer each year. The race, representing the optimistic “glass half full” mindset, was created to raise money for the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults.
UPDATE: The Rev3 Half Full Triathlon has confirmed that Armstrong will participate in the half-distance race and will start in the cancer survivor wave.
“I am looking forward to competing alongside my fellow cancer survivors in the Half Full Tri,” Armstrong said in the press release “This race is a great example of what cancer survivorship is all about – not just surviving this disease, but truly living life on your own terms. My Foundation is proud to support the Ulman Cancer Fund and the great work they’re doing on behalf of young adult cancer survivors.”
“I couldn’t be more excited to welcome Lance back to my hometown to support an event benefiting the organization I created with my family in college,” said Doug Ulman, Fund founder and president and CEO of the Lance Armstrong Foundation. “Lance’s support of the Ulman Cancer Fund and the young adult cancer movement has been and continues to be invaluable.”
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