Armstrong competes in another triathlon in Maryland
18:51 GMT, 7 October 2012
Lance Armstrong competed in a triathlon on Sunday after organisers dropped USA Triathlon sanctioning so he could take part in a race that raises money for cancer.
Armstrong is banned from events that follow World Anti-Doping Agency rules after he chose not to fight USADA charges of doping.
Crossing the line: Lance Armstrong finishes the triathlon
Armstrong finished the 70-mile swim, bike and run in 4 hours, 16 minutes at the Revolution3 Half-Full Triathlon, racing in a wave of about 50 fellow cancer survivors.
'This was a race that was built and designed to race money for cancer. So it was an easy decision,' said Brock Yetso, president of the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults.
'We had two individuals who decided
they did not want to race based on our decision and 300 who said they
wanted to. So I think numbers speak for themselves.'
CEO Doug Ulman founded the Ulman Cancer Foundation. 'He's led this
organisation to where it is today,' Armstrong said at the finish line of
Ulman's impact on Livestrong.
Tough challenge: Armstrong swims during the triathlon
The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency stripped
Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles in August for allegedly
using performance-enhancing drugs. He denies the charges but chose not
to continue fighting them.
race results will not count toward national rankings. College
competitors are still able to use the race as a national qualifier
An estimated 62,000
in proceeds from the event will benefit the Ulman Cancer Fund, Yetso
said. A speaking event with Armstrong on Saturday night raised another
18,600 from ticket sales and a live auction.
Helping hand: Cancer survivor Jessica Protasio picks up Lance Armstrong after he competed
'I think he's a great inspiration for anybody,' said Lennie Phillips of Kensington, Maryland, who survived brain cancer and competed in the special wave alongside Armstrong.
'All of these allegations, whether they're true or not, I don't know, but he still had to go through all the treatments.'