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

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

January 13, 2014 12:41 ET

Team Challenge Gearing Up For Summer Season

What Will Your Challenge Be?

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - January 13, 2014) - The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America's endurance training and fundraising program, Team Challenge, is thrilled to unveil its upcoming race portfolio with 8 great endurance events scheduled this summer including:

  • Rock 'n' Roll Madrid
  • The Bass Lake Classic Triathlon (at Yosemite)
  • The Michelob ULTRA Chicago 13.1 Marathon
  • Kona Marathon & Half Marathon
  • TriRock Philadelphia
  • United Healthcare Jamestown Half Marathon
  • Napa-to-Sonoma Wine Country Half Marathon
  • Rock 'n' Roll Dublin

"If you are a patient, when you cross that finish line with Team Challenge, you're going to feel empowered in a way you never have before; you've just taken back control of your body," said Richard Geswell, President & CEO of the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA).

Over the past seven years, Team Challenge has become one of the premier multisport endurance training programs in the country, having trained nearly 10,000 runners, walkers and triathletes. Since its inception, Team Challenge participants have raised nearly $50 million to further the Foundation's mission, accounting for a quarter of CCFA's total investment of $200 million for research, education and patient support.

"Crohn's disease has provided me with some of the lowest lows of my life -- but with the help of Team Challenge, it has also provided me with some of the highest highs," said Bret Wachter, Team Challenge veteran. 

In exchange for fundraising, Team Challenge participants receive personalized training by professional run and walk coaches in local markets for an entire season. Additionally, the training program includes clinics and helpful tips on topics like nutrition, hydration, and injury prevention. Participants also receive an expenses-paid weekend to a great destination race covering race registration fees, lodging, meals, and travel accommodations.

To join Team Challenge in 2014 at one of their great destination races and to help find cures for IBD, please visit Local information meetings begin February 3, 2014. For those who want the convenience of learning more about the program from their computer, the following webinars will provide an overview of the program and field questions. Webinar details below:

Triathlon focused:

Monday, February 24, 2014 7:00pm EST/6:00pm CST

Online Webinar and Conference Call


Call: 877-309-2074, Code: 395-422-561

Half Marathon focused:

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 7:00pm MT/6:00pm PST

Online Webinar and Conference Call


Call: 877-309-2071 Code: 725-829-583

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 to register today!

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

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