Famed cyclist Lance Armstrong was in Montreal on Wednesday and invited people out for a jog on Mount Royal.
Armstrong delivered a speech at the World Cancer Congress, largely steering clear of the doping controversy surrounding him and instead focusing on his experience as a cancer survivor and the work of his charitable foundation.
It was his first speaking engagement since the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency said it would strip him of his seven Tour de France victory medals.
Last week, Armstrong announced he would no longer challenge the USADA's charges against him.
Armstrong is losing all of his cycling titles since 1998, including seven Tour de France wins. He has also been banned for life from competitve cycling.
That did not stop him from introducing himself as a cancer survivor — he was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 1996 — and a Tour de France champion at the cancer conference.
Journalists at the event were asked to steer clear of questions regarding the doping allegations. Armstrong has maintained his innocence and stayed focused on his experience as a cancer survivor and his foundation's work.
In the evening, after he sent out an invitation on Twitter, scores of people joined Armstrong for a fast-paced, hour-long training run up and down Mount Royal. He later tweeted, "Salut Montreal - Merci/Thanks for the run!! I had a blast."
He Has Five Kids ...
... currently ages 12, 10, 10, 2 and 1. For those who are old enough to do so, they were the last in their grades to start riding bikes. <i>Lance Armstrong waves to his one year-old son, Max, as his children, Isabelle, Luke and Grace look on, on July 20, 2010 in Pau, Southwestern France. (JOEL SAGET/AFP/Getty Images)</i>
He's On The Engine 2 Diet
The Engine 2 Diet, created by Rip Esselstyn (who just happens to be one of Armstrong's training partners), is a plant-based diet focused on natural, organic foods. According to Armstrong, he's less tired physically and sharper mentally than he's ever been.
He Drinks Wine
He may love his new Engine 2 diet, but Armstrong readily admits he's not prepared to go all the way with it yet, sticking to it for breakfast and lunch only. "I still want to have a glass of wine at dinner," he says. <i>Lance Armstrong drinks champagne during the 20th and last stage of the 91st Tour de France cycling race in Paris, 25 July 2004. (PATRICK KOVARIK/AFP/Getty Images)</i>
He's Not Going Into Politics
Although there have been rumours that he's running for office, Armstrong has dismissed those, explaining that bipartisanship is far more beneficial for his organization. He also notes that it would be too difficult to drag his young kids through the "nasty nature of that world." <i>New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Lance Armstrong tour the Union Square Green Market October 30, 2009 .(TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)</i>
He Rides His Bike From The Airport
When he's travelling with his bike, he'll just hop on it and ride home. And you thought you were being good taking public transit? <i>Fans cheer on Tour de France seven-times winner, US Lance Armstrong, as he rides on July 11, 2010 in the 189 km and 8th stage of the 2010 Tour de France cycling race. (JOEL SAGET/AFP/Getty Images)</i>
His Retirement Includes Ironman Competitions
Armstrong will be participating in his second Ironman event this year on April 1, in an attempt to qualify for the World Championships in October. <i>Lance Armstrong waits for the start of the Ironman Panama 70.3. triathlon in Panama City, Sunday Feb. 12, 2012. The race consists of a 1.2-mile swim, a 56-mile bike ride and a 13.1-mile run. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)</i>
He Isn't Only Concerned About Cancer
"If we don't somehow stem the tide of childhood obesity, we're going to have a huge problem," he says. "It's all about prevention. I mean, prevention is a key factor with so many types of cancer, so whether that's encouraging kids to exercise, or even encouraging adults to exercise, whether that's encouraging kids to not smoke, encouraging kids to stop smoking -- all these preventative measures have, I think, been ignored for the most part." <i>Lance Armstrong gives a speech during the Livestrong Global Cancer Campaign Launch visit to cancer survivors at Groote Schuur Hospital on March 11, 2010 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Darren Stewart/Gallo Images/Getty Images)</i>
He Doesn't Support Helmet Laws ...
... but he does consider wearing them part of a prevention strategy. "I mean, people can do whatever they want," he explains. "Whether it's not smoking, whether it's wearing a helmet, putting on your seatbelt -- these are all simple measures that we know to save lives." <i>A man takes a cycle helmet in a new B'Twin bike shop in Lille, northern France, on the inauguration day of the 'B'Twin Village', a bike complex, on November 18, 2010. (DENIS CHARLET/AFP/Getty Images)</i>