Originally written on Sports-Glory  |  Last updated 10/19/14

Organizers of a Baltimore cancer charity Half Full Triathlon have chosen Lance Armstrong over being officially sanctioned reports The Baltimore Sun.

In August, Armstrong decided to give up his fight against doping allegations. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency stripped him of his seven Tour de France titles and banned him for life from all sports governed by federations.

In order for Armstrong to compete in the three-year-old Howard County race on Oct. 7, organizers had to give up their status as a sanctioned race.

A sanctioned race is officially approved by the USA Triathlon. The race is more prestige if sanctioned as the results and rankings count for pro athletes. The USA Triathlon also provides liability insurance for the event.

Race director Brian Satola says the main purpose of the race is to raise money for the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults and that Armstrong's presence at the race is more important for the cause than being officially sanctioned.

"This event will always be a platform to raise awareness of Ulman Cancer Fund, and having Lance here raises the visibility of our event and the cancer fight," said Satola, who's also the Ulman fund's COO. "Lance since day one has been a supporter of the fund and arguably the most visible cancer survivor in the world, and that does matter to us."

Doug Ulman the founder of the Ulman Cancer Fund is also the president and CEO of the Lance Armstrong Foundation. Officials say Amstrong has been one of the largest donors to the organization.

The half distance race includes a .9-mile swim, a 56-mile bike ride and a 13.1-mile run. Armstrong will race with cancer survivors around Centennial Park.

"I am looking forward to competing alongside my fellow cancer survivors," Armstrong said in a statement released by the Ulman Fund. "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."


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