Last week, we learned that Lance Armstrong, who is banned from Ironman and USAT-sanctioned events, will compete in this weekend’s SuperFrog Triathlon as well as the Rev3 Half-Full Triathlon on Oct. 7. The races have decided to forgo USAT sanctioning to allow Armstrong to race in their events, which means they will not count toward the USAT National Ranking System and will be insured by a third party instead (read more about USAT sanctioning here). Both events are focused on a strong charity element: SuperFrog will raise money for the Navy Seals Foundation and the Livestrong Foundation, while the Half-Full benefits the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults.

Following this announcement, there was a string of Twitter backlash from a few pro triathletes and forum chatter about Rev3 “supporting a doper” by allowing him to race in their event. Some even mentioned they would reconsider racing future Rev3 events as a result.

We talked with Charlie Patten, the owner of the Rev3 series, to get some background on the Half-Full and the decision to let Armstrong race. Can you explain Rev3’s relationship with the Half-Full race?

Patten: The Ulman Cancer Fund has been our national charity partner for the last two years. They’ve produced the Half-Full triathlon for the last two years, and we’ve supported them—we’ve timed their races for free, we donated our bike racks, we provided our trucks, we did everything we could to help them.

Earlier this year we did the Run Across America to raise money and awareness for them. Through that process, we got to meet a lot of the survivors that have benefited from the Ulman Cancer Fund. Going into this year…..

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