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Duel in the Pool: OP Native to Race Lance Armstrong
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BUFFALO, NY - Orchard Park native Mary Eggers has enjoyed a wave of success as a tri-athlete, coach, nurse, yoga teacher, wife, and mom.

Now she has added another thing to her list: racing Lance Armstrong.

Forget the bikes though, Eggers is challenging the seven-time Tour de France winner to a kickboard race at UB this weekend.

When Eggers found out Armstrong was coming to Buffalo this weekend for the UB Speaker Series, she thought it would be a great opportunity to use her talent for something other than a trophy.

Eggers, thinking nothing would ever come out of it, tweeted Armstrong and challenged him to a race.

WEB EXTRA: Mary Egger's Blog and Letters to Lance Armstrong

Within hours she had a wave of support.  Within days she had thousands of dollars, which will benefit Western New York teens battling cancer.

WEB EXTRA: Democrat and Chronicle article on "Duel in the Pool" 

A portion of the money raised will go toward Armstrong's Livestrong Foundation, but much of it will be used to bring the Teens Living with Cancer program to Buffalo.  It's a peer support program that is part of Melissa's Living Legacy, a non-profit started by a Rochester area mom following her daughter's death.

The race is being dubbed Duel in the Pool: Armstrong vs. Eggers.  The invitation only event will take place Saturday afternoon at UB. 

Click HERE to donate.

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