On Sunday, Lance Armstrong ran the Austin Marathon, finishing in 3:02:13 and raising money through a program called the Charity Chaser. Armstrong started behind the pack and earned one dollar for every person he passed. He finish 58th overall, meaning that he managed to pass 2,594 people.
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What an absolutely incredible day running the @austinmarathon as their “Charity Chaser”. Starting 22 mins behind, weaving my way through 1000’s of amazing and courageous runners was such a thrill – managed to catch all of you but 59 peeps. First off, thanks @highfiveevents for asking me to run! Secondly, thanks to the whole field for being so incredibly supportive. Third, thanks @aspatelvt for the solid pacing and support along the route – you’re the best. Lastly, big shout out to my fellow @pitkinsheriff @joedisalvo76 for the bike escort! And oh yeah, Matt Hensley from @boulder_underground – you rock!! (All 📷’s courtesy of @lizkreutz)
Armstrong ran his first marathon in 2006 in 2:59:36, but his running results were threatened once he was convicted of doping in 2012 and received a lifetime ban from cycling. Armstrong was stripped of seven Tour de France titles for violating anti-doping rules.
The former cyclist’s running results have stood, and in 2016 the USADA officially stated, “He can compete in a sanctioned event at a national or regional level in a sport other than cycling that does not qualify him…to compete in a national championship or international event.”
His personal best is 2:46:43 from the New York City Marathon.
Joey Whelan of New York was the overall winner in 2:17:04, taking the win for the second year in a row. Whelan ran for Syracuse in college and had a full one minute gap on the field only 10K into the race. In the women’s race, Heather Lieberg was the winner in 2:40:09.