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Armstrong's Appearance Stirs Controversy

The Baltimore Sun reports some athletes in the event aren't excited about Armstrong's presence, but participation has increased.

 

Lance Armstrong's announcement that he would be racing in Howard County next month has increased participation, but it also has brought criticism to the race's organizers.

According to the Baltimore Sun, at least one of the race's former competitors, along with others, are not pleased with Armstrong's presence because in order to host him the race had to be de-sanctioned by USA Triathlon, meaning results from the race will not count toward pro athletes' rankings.

Because Armstrong has been banned for life from competing in sports governed by organizations that adhere to the World Anti-Doping Code, he can not compete in any USA Triathlon sanctioned events.

However, the decision has increased participation in the event, according to event organizer Brian Satola, who is COO of the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults.

"We've had over 200 new registrants since [Armstrong's] announcement and only two people have asked for refunds," said Satola.

Satola said his organization was excited to have Armstrong participate in the Oct. 7 race.

"When we can have an event that from day one is focused on the cancer fight, and then you have arguably the most recognized cancer survivor to attend your event, it has been overwhelming," said Satola.

Despite not being sanctioned, a $25,000 purse will be split among the top six finishers, with first place getting $4,500, according to the event's website.

Armstrong was banned from all USADA (U.S. Anti-Doping Agency) sanctioned races after he decided not to continue fighting doping allegations levied against him in August, although he stated the allegations were a "witch-hunt."

Afterwards, USADA stripped Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles.

Most recently, Armstrong competed in a non-sanctioned marathon in Steamboat Springs, CO. He won the event with a time of 3 hours, 18 minutes and 10 seconds, according to the Denver Post

Satola said the Ulman Cancer Fund hopes to raise about $200,000 from the race, which would be a record for the 3-year-old event. Registration for the event is open until Oct. 5, said Satola.

"It's going to raise money, raise awareness and we're going to help people," said Satola.

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Robert Villanueva September 25, 2012 at 01:22 PM
I am the former racer who was quoted in the Sun and I was/am terribly disappointed in the decision to unsanction the race. As I have learned over the last five days, there are many who feel that being against the decision to desanction the race is to want cancer patients to suffer or Half-Full to suffer...With a shocking torrent of emails, FB Messages, and Twitter DM's that I have received, many people (Including some who have raised fund for this race) have expressed their disgust, shock, or outrage at my opinion. People don't seem to understand you can be critical of the decision to change all the rules to accommodate one racer, without being anti-Ulman Cancer Fund or anti-Rev3. When I was introduced for my award last year Brock Yetso called me a "long time champion in the fight against cancer" yet going on the record somehow changes all of that...

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