Team LIVESTRONG joins Ironman
Today, the Lance Armstrong Foundation announces a new partnership with Ironman to help raise more than $1 million for people affected by cancer. Lance Armstrong, cancer survivor, champion cyclist and the Foundation’s founder and chairman, will compete as a professional athlete in several Ironman and Ironman 70.3 races including Ironman 70.3 Panama, Memorial Hermann Ironman 70.3 Texas, Ironman 70.3 Florida, Ironman 70.3 Hawaii and Ironman France. Armstrong is racing with the goal of qualifying for the Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawai’i, on Oct. 13, 2012, and will be competing as a member of Team LIVESTRONG, which is adding these Ironman and Ironman 70.3 races to its endurance events series designed to raise funds for people affected by cancer.
“I am grateful to Ironman for partnering with LIVESTRONG to raise funds and awareness for people affected by cancer,” said Armstrong. “In my career as an athlete and as a cancer advocate, I’ve learned that progress demands partnership, but it’s not without a struggle. And that’s what Team LIVESTRONG is about – it’s about purpose; it’s about challenge and it’s about empowering survivors to fight like hell. There’s progress to be made with cancer and we invite anyone up for the challenge to join Team LIVESTRONG.
This is a big decision, and I wanted to make sure you heard from me first.
In a few hours, I’m getting on a plane to Panama to race in a triathlon—and I have committed to race in four more with Team LIVESTRONG in 2012.
Getting back into competition will be a big challenge for me personally, but it’s nothing compared to what we need to accomplish this year in the fight against cancer.
The first race is days away, and it would mean so much to me and every Team LIVESTRONG member to know we have your support.
I like setting ambitious goals, and I know that my schedule of 2012 triathlons is definitely going to be tough.
But when I got to thinking about Team LIVESTRONG, and the incredible strength and endurance of our thousands of riders and racers, I felt called to get back on the road and stand shoulder to shoulder with the rest of the Team.
Join the Team before my first race—I need as many supporters as possible to stand with me and Team LIVESTRONG in 2012.
See you on the road,
Here’s my exclusive race footage of Lance at the XTERRA World Championship in Maui in October of 2011.