Lance Armstrong may be retired from the rigors of competitive cycling, but that has not stopped him from remaining active when it comes to helping others. Armstrong continues to have a huge impact on those less fortunate through the Lance Armstrong Foundation, or LAF, which has a variety of programs that help individuals who have cancer. Since it began in 1997, LAF has raised over 500 million dollars for the fight against this insidious disease. Lance is just as aggressive in bringing awareness to the struggle to assist cancer victims and their families as he was when he won the Tour de France for a record seven consecutive times. He gives numerous speeches at fundraisers throughout the year to highlight the need for more support for cancer victims. Lance remains active in athletic endeavors other than cycling. He has competed in several marathons and half-marathons in the recent past and plans to continue doing so in the near future. Lance’s “LIVESTRONG” brand, which is the public arm of the LAF, has partnered with the Austin, Texas marathon and half-marathon, which are held in February of each year, through the year 2020. Armstrong expects to continue competing in the Austin races in the foreseeable future. Always a gritty competitor, Lance runs very respectable races, with his times for a marathon typically coming in well under three hours.
Armstrong runs triathlons as well as marathons. This exceptionally demanding sport requires competitors to race against each other in three separate disciplines, usually cycling, swimming and running. Lance hopes to compete in a number of triathlons in 2012 with the goal of qualifying for the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii on October 13, 2012. This race is perhaps the most prestigious of all triathlon competitions. His foundation has also partnered with the event to raise funds for those affected by cancer.
Lance is currently active in the political arena in addition to his other responsibilities. Although he has indicated that he does not intend to run for public office, he is deeply involved in political issues that affect cancer victims. As the co-chair of a committee to support the passage of the California Cancer Research Act, Lance hopes to convince California Voters to pass the initiative, which will raise money for cancer research by putting a $1 per pack tax on cigarettes and other tobacco products sold in the state. Some of the funds raised will go to other aspects of the fight against cancer, such as enforcing anti-smoking laws.
Lance is an involved father in the lives of his five children and maintains a happy relationship with his girlfriend Anna Hansen, the mother of his two youngest children. During the football season he enjoys cheering his favorite team, the University of Texas Longhorns. You can often catch Lance roaming the sidelines during a game. The Texas native continues to live in his beloved home state, with a home in Austin and a ranch in the “Hill Country” region. Focusing his life around helping others, Lance shows that a true competitor can succeed in any arena.
Author: Samuel W.