The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults announced Wednesday that Livestrong founder and cyclist Lance Armstrong will participate in the non-profit's third annual half full triathlon on Oct. 7, according to a news release.
Armstrong will be racing alongside fellow cancer survivors in the half-distance portion, which includes a .9-mile swim, 56-mile bike ride and a 13.1-mile run.
“I am looking forward to competing alongside my fellow cancer survivors in the Half Full Tri,” Armstrong said in a statement. “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."
The fund was created by County Executive Ken Ulman's brother, Doug Ulman, and other members of the Ulman family in 1997. Doug Ulman, who met Armstrong while battling cancer during his sophomore year of college, is a three-time cancer survivor and has been the president and CEO of the Lance Armstrong Foundation since 2007.
"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," Doug Ulman said. "Lance’s support of the Ulman Cancer Fund and the young adult cancer movement has been and continues to be invaluable."
Ken Ulman added: “I am honored that Lance recognizes the important work we are doing to improve public health for all. My brother’s battle with cancer has been the driving force behind my passion for public health and one of the main reasons I chose to pursue public office.”
The fund publicly backed Armstrong after the USADA issued a lifetime cycling ban against him and stripped him of his record seven Tour de France titles in August.
The ban came after Armstrong announced his decision to no longer fight the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency on performance-enhancing drug allegations.
"Our personal view is that (Armstrong) has always been a longtime supporter of the work we do, and one of our largest single donors," said Ulman Cancer Fund President and CEO Brock Yetso said in an August interview. "We've worked closely with Livestrong, and this has been an unfortunate distraction from the cancer fight."
The half-full triathlon will begin at 7:30 a.m. on Oct. 7 in Centennial Park.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun