He’s not competing. There are no awards. And the event isn’t even 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.
The notoriously difficult Western States is arguably the most prestigious event in the niche world of ultrarunning, with a race course that winds its way up and down mountainous terrain from Squaw Valley to Auburn. The training run will cover the final 20-mile segment, which will end at the Placer High School track.
“I think it’s going to be funny to watch and see how people react,” said five-time Western States champion Tim Twietmeyer, who is now a board member for the race. He said the board plans to meet soon to discuss how the race will deal with those who have been caught using performance-enhancing drugs.