Say what you will about the Lance Armstrong controversy, but outside of the athletic world, he is an inspiring cancer survivor, and he’ll be competing with hundreds of other survivors in the Revolution3 Half Full Triathlon in Howard County on October 7.
Armstrong, who beat testicular cancer, will compete in the cancer survivor wave, beginning at 7:30 AM. The triathlon involves a 0.9-mile swim, a 56-mile bike ride, and a half marathon. The third annual event supports the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults, a Baltimore-based organization that raises awareness and provides resources for young adults living with cancer.
“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,” Armstrong said in a statement.
Armstrong returned to the world of triathlons after retiring from professional cycling in 2011. Before his career as a cyclist, Armstrong was a successful young triathlete, competing in the sport since the age of 13. He'll participate in the Superfrog Triathlon in California one week before the Revolution3 Half.
Armstrong’s recent decision to compete in the half triathlon comes just days after the US Track and Field Association banned him from the Chicago Marathon and weeks after his storied career as a seven-time Tour de France winner came to a bitter end when he decided to drop his fight against doping allegations by the US Anti-Doping Agency.
The president and CEO of the Lance Armstrong Foundation is Doug Ulman, who is a three-time cancer survivor and the founder of the Ulman Cancer Fund. The two met shortly after Ulman established his organization in 1997.
Registration is still open for both the half full ($240), the Olympic 40-mile distance ($150), and various relay options. To guarantee customized race gear, register by Friday, September 21.
For more information, visit Revolution3 Triathlon’s website.