He’s not competing. There are no awards. And the event isn’t event going to be timed. But there still promises to be plenty of gawking.
Lance Armstrong’s entry in a Feb. 13 training event tied to the famed 100-mile Western States Endurance Run has already attracted plenty of attention in ultrarunning circles and raised questions about the disgraced cyclist’s potential role in his adopted sport.
Victory Velo, a popular bike shop in Auburn, plans to get active, too – in getting the word out about the former cycling star. Hard feelings at the shop? Not at all, said Andrew Clark, who works the sales floor.
“At the end of the day, we all concur the dude is an amazing athlete and think it’s great that he can still compete,” Clark said. “I don’t have any problems with him coming to the area, and I would love to meet him.”
In Auburn, he’ll be joining Eric Byrnes, a former major-league baseball player who started endurance running in retirement. Armstrong also volunteered to be one of Byrnes’ pacers during the June 25-26 race.
“I really enjoy running with him. He actually reached out to me about pacing me,” Byrnes said. “When you have what I consider the greatest endurance athlete of all time actually want to pace me in the Super Bowl of endurance competitions, I’m not going to let that one pass.”
“One of the things we love about our sport is it’s a community. It’s very accepting, and it tends to be very humble,” said Crowley, a private equity investor who splits his time between Boston and Sacramento. “If Lance wants to be part of all that, then I think he will be welcomed with open arms.”
Read more here: Lance Armstrong sparks debate with entry in Auburn training run | The Sacramento Bee
A couple of my friends are doing Western States. One just posted this article on facebook saying that he is *not* bothered by Armstrong and that he would like to meet him.
It sounds like most people aren't into holding grudges.