Lance Armstrong runs Austin Marathon in 3 hours and raises over $7,500 dollars
Former professional cyclist Lance Armstrong ran the Austin Marathon Sunday as the Charity Chaser, meaning he raised money for the race’s 28 official charities with each person he passed on the course
Starting 22-minutes behind the pack, Armstrong raised a dollar for every person he passed. Coming in at 58th, he passed 2,594 people in 3:02. His crowdfund page also raised $5000. Twenty eight local charities benefited from the marathon’s fund raising.
Lance Armstrong showed he still has plenty of power in his legs after he completed the Austin Marathon on Sunday.#
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 was running as the race’s Charity Chaser representative, which means he was the last person to cross the starting line. Once he did, every person he passed raised money for the 28 official charities of the marathon.
This isn’t the first time the former professional cyclist has taken on a marathon. He ran his first 26.2 in 2006 at the New York City Marathon, where he finished with a 2:59:36. He has competed in other marathons and races since, though few after his doping scandal in 2012.
The Austin Marathon saw plenty of excitement at the front of the race as well. New Yorker Joey Whelan won the men’s race for the second year in a row with an impressive 2:17:03. Heather Lieberg of Montana took the women’s division with a time of 2:42:27.