AUSTIN (KXAN) - The Livestrong Foundation, the cancer-fighting nonprofit founded by cyclist Lance Armstrong, is ending its association with the Austin Marathon and Half Marathon.
The charity and race organizers made the announcement Tuesday afternoon. Livestrong, which severed ties with Armstrong after he admitted to using performance-enhancing substances and then lying about it, will focus on raising money, the organization said.
The Austin Marathon, meanwhile, said it will focus its efforts on using the race as a vehicle to bring more tourism to the city.
A separate entity called Team Livestrong, which is a group of fundraisers the foundation in athletic events across the country, will continue to participate in the Austin Marathon in 2014 and 2015.
According to Jeff Hahn, a spokesperson for the Austin Marathon, the two organizations had a 10-year arrangement but a year-to-year agreement that could be ended at any time.
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