Banned Armstrong to start Superfrog triathlon

Banned Texan will start California triathlon later this month

Lance Armstrong, whom the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency handed a lifetime ban in August, will take the start at the Superfrog Triathlon in Coronado, California, later this month. Organizers on Wednesday announced a new partnership with the Livestrong Foundation and confirmed that the banned former world champion would take part in the event, which is not sanctioned by USA Triathlon.

“In addition to being one of sport’s greatest icons, Lance is a great philanthropist and we couldn’t think of a better person to help us raise awareness and money for the families whose lives have been forever changed by the Operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, and the global war on terror,” said Mitch Hall, Superfrog’s race director and a decorated retired Navy SEAL.

Armstrong will take part in the race on September 30 and will attend a post-race fundraiser for the Navy SEAL Foundation. According to a release from race organizers, the foundation “supports families of fallen and injured Naval Special Warfare personnel.”

While banned from sanctioned events falling under the umbrella of the World Anti-Doping Agency’s jurisdiction, Armstrong is free to compete in events like Superfrog. The Texan competed earlier this month in the Alpine Odyssey mountain bike race in Crested Butte, Colorado. While he is not banned from Ironman triathlon competition, the World Triathlon Corporation, which owns the Ironman race series, suspended him from competition earlier this year. The suspension remains in place ahead of the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii, on October 13. The Chicago Marathon denied Armstrong entry earlier this month.