Lance Armstrong becomes 'charity chaser' for Austin Marathon

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Lance Armstrong is used to being at the head of the pack, but during the Austin Marathon, he'll start in last place on purpose.

Armstrong has been chosen as the celebrity "Charity Chaser" for the marathon sponsored by Ascension Seton. He will raise money for each marathoner he passes on his way to the finish, all of which will go to charity through the Austin Gives Miles Program.

“Training for the Austin Marathon has begun and I’m ready to amplify the positive effects Austin Gives Miles and its official charities have on our community," Armstrong said in a statement.

The Austinite is a cancer survivor and cyclist who competed and won multiple Tour de France races before having the titles stripped away because of doping, which an investigation revealed was widespread in the sport. He was then banned from cycling and other competitive Olympic sports, but part of that ban has since been lifted and allows him to compete in certain non-cycling events. Now, he's also a runner and triathlete and hosts two podcasts called "The Forward" and "THEMOVE."

This is the fifth year of the Charity Chaser Program, and Armstrong is working to surpass a $1 million fundraising goal.

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