Tuesday, October 23, 2012 , Updated 10:02 a.m., October 24, 2012
UPDATED: City of Allen apologizes for asking Lance Armstrong to join run
City reps previously said Armstrong probably had some extra time on his hands.
ALLEN After Plano cyclist Lance Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and asked to step down from Livestrong, the city of Allen has a proposition for him: Come take a jog at the very family-friendly Rudolph Run. No drug testing required.
In a city of Allen letter, Armstrong was invited to Allen's December 1 run. "We felt he might have a little bit more free time," said Jeff Mues, senior marketing coordinator for Parks & Recreation Department and Allen Event Center.
UPDATE: The city has since apologized, saying the letter "may be considered to be in bad taste."
"This was not our intention," reads the statement. "We had hoped to bring additional exposure to our programs which the run supports. We extend our sincere apologies to anyone we may have offended."
Continuation of original story:
Says the letter: "We understand that you have been banned from both the New York City and Chicago marathons, but we would welcome your participation in either our 5K run or 1 mile fun run, with or without reindeer antlers."
It goes on: "The City of Allen is firmly and adamantly anti-doping, but it should be noted that there will be no testing at Rudolph Run. After all, we are keenly aware that having one’s nose wired for electricity as Rudolph is alleged to have done is akin to unnatural performance enhancement. Who are we to judge the rigors of driving a sleigh around the world in one night and/or riding a bike 2,000 miles over grueling terrain during a 23 day time span?"
And the best part: "Remember all of the other reindeer used to laugh and call Rudolph names (like Pinocchio). And they never let poor Rudolph play in any reindeer games (like marathons). But eventually all the reindeer loved him again. And they shouted out with glee. So join us for Rudolph Run and you’ll go down in history!"
According to Mues, the event produces a small amount of revenue for Allen's athletic programs. From the fees collected, $5 per registration benefits Allen ISD. The 1-mile run costs $15 through November 25; $20 after November 25; and $25 race day. The Rudolph Run 5K is $20 through November 25; $25 after November 25; and $30 race day.
Armstrong's representatives have not responded to the city of Allen's invitation.
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