SOURCE: The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA)

August 12, 2013 08:00 ET

Team Challenge Changes Lives and Funds Cures for Crohn's & Colitis

Join the Team for the Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas Marathon & 1/2 Marathon

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - August 12, 2013) - Team Challenge, the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America's Endurance Training and Fundraising Program, is conducting two informational webinars about the program on Tuesday, August 13 and Monday, August 19, 2013.

"If you have ever wanted to walk or run a half marathon or have been impacted by Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis, then Team Challenge is the program for you," said Craig Comins, Team Challenge National Director. "It is truly a life changing experience for the participant and gives hope to the 1.4 million Americans who suffer from these devastating diseases."

While in-person informational meetings are still being held across the country, for those who want the convenience of learning more about the program from their computer, the webinars will provide an overview of the program and field questions. Webinar details include:

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

8:30p EST/ 5:30p PST

https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/644102070

Call in: 1-877-309-2071, Access Code: 279-306-854

Monday, August 19, 2013

8:00p EST/ 5:00p PST

https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/546015750

This is Team Challenge's fifth year at the Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas Marathon & 1/2 Marathon which will be held Sunday, November 17, 2013. Since 2009, Team Challenge has sent nearly 4,000 participants and has raised $17 million which has led to significant advancements in the treatment of these chronic diseases.

"Thanks to support from programs like Team Challenge, the future is very bright," says Jim Lewis, MD, MSCE, Chair of CCFA's National Scientific Advisory Committee. "It is exciting that we could have multiple effective medications with different mechanisms of action. This is great news for patients, since we know that not everyone responds to the same medications. It is exhilarating to think that sometime soon our most important challenge will be to learn how to best use the therapies that we have available."

Team Challenge prepares participants to run or walk a half marathon while helping to raise necessary funds for research, education and support for people suffering from Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. The Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas Marathon & 1/2 Marathon is the program's flagship event. It is the largest and most exciting night race in the country.

"We truly value our partnership with the Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas event," Comins. "Not only do our participants have the unique opportunity to run down the iconic Vegas Strip at night, but these committed individuals are bringing CCFA one step closer to the ultimate finish line -- cures."

About The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America:

The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) is the leading organization dedicated to finding cures for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Crohn's and colitis are debilitating medically incurable digestive diseases that affect 1 in 200 Americans, including 150,000 children nationwide. Symptoms include diarrhea, abdominal pain, weight loss and fatigue. CCFA raises critical dollars for breakthrough research, public and professional education, and patient support services in communities across the nation, helping patients to live more fulfilling lives. Learn more about Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and CCFA at www.ccfa.org.

About Team Challenge

Team Challenge is the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America's endurance training and fundraising program. Through Team Challenge, you can run or walk 13.1 miles or train for a triathlon at one of our great destination races while helping to find a cure for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, two chronic and often debilitating digestive diseases that impact 1.4 million Americans. For more information on Team Challenge, please visit www.ccteamchallenge.org to register today!

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