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"Iron is an element used to make other metals stronger. Team Challenge is definitely my "iron". It strengthened my IRONMAN® strategy, training, motivation, race day execution and most importantly my purpose. If you go "all-in" with Team Challenge's Iron Team, they will carry you across the finish line, you will truly connect with the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation's cause and you will learn more about yourself than you ever imagined. Simply put, my Team Challenge Iron Team experience changed my life and it can change yours as well!" - Sandy Thompson

Widely considered one of the most difficult one-day sporting events in the world, IRONMAN® competitions consist of 70.3 or 140.6-miles of consecutive swimming, biking, and running. The Crohn's and Colitis Foundation is proud to partner with exclusive IRONMAN® events and holds a limited number of bibs with some great perks that athletes cannot get anywhere else. This program is a great way to push your limits while truly making a difference for the nearly 1 in 200 people who suffer from Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

If you speak to an IRONMAN® you’ll soon find he or she describes it as one of the best life experiences ever. Words can’t describe the feeling of elation when crossing the finish line in an event that you did not comprehend finishing when you first started training. It is something that if you complete, can leave you wondering what would life would be like if you had not gone though the experience. It can change you and make you think about things differently. Do you have what it takes to do an IRONMAN®?

NOT READY FOR 70.3? DO A RELAY! Taking on 70.3 miles is quite the challenge, so why not share it with others? Team Challenge is proud to now offer a relay option for the IRONMAN® Boulder 70.3 and Santa Rosa 70.3 events. Contact Kat Gunsur-Smith for more information at


2018 IRONMAN Lake Placid

Celebrate this iconic races’ 20th year anniversary in 2018! Lake Placid offers an iconic and challenging course in the heart of the Adirondack mountains. The two loop swim takes place in Mirror Lake, a calm, pristine lake right in the heart of Lake Placid. It’s an excellent spectator course with a  finish line celebration that is infamous among triathletes!

Event Date: July 22nd, 2018

2018 IRONMAN Santa Rosa 70.3

Highly regarded as a “must do” race in California wine country. You’ll experience beautiful winding roads lined with vineyards. After you race, experience all Santa Rosa has to offer in nearby Sonoma County and Healdsburg for incredible B&Bs, boutique hotels food, craft breweries and wine tasting.

The race begins in Lake Sonoma on a single loop 1.2 mile swim course. The 56 mile bike course takes athletes through gentle rollers throughout this famous wine country. The run will finish off the race with a tour of the City of Santa Rosa and a run along the Santa Rosa Creek Trail. All athletes and spectators can look forward to enjoying a fantastic finish line with food and wine to be enjoyed by all.

Event Date: July 28th, 2018

2018 IRONMAN Boulder 70.3

IRONMAN 70.3 kicks off at the pristine Boulder Reservoir with its spectacular Rocky Mountain backdrop.This event has been an athlete favorite for over a decade. IRONMAN 70.3® Boulder is one of the fastest IRONMAN® events to sell out each year--making it one of the most sought-after races in the country.The extremely fast course provides personal records for many, even our local professional field. Where else in the country can you race against the best in the world on their home training ground? Boulder was founded in 1858, featuring the renowned Red Rocks amphitheater and Chautauqua, an unparalleled hiking, music, and picnic destination. From vineyards and breweries to shopping and mountain climbing, there are activities for everyone. Popular venues include the Pearl Street Mall and the 29th Street Retail District. Pearl Street's pedestrian throughway comes alive at night with live music and entertainment for everyone. The creativity and spirit of Boulder, Colo. will bring you back year after year. Check out here to plan your trip.

Event Date: August 4, 2018


2018 IRONMAN Chattanooga

Competitors in IRONMAN® Chattanooga will swim in the Tennessee River, bike with scenic farmland and mountain views, and run through the sites of Chattanooga- downtown, the South Side, Riverview, and the North Shore. After the race, explore the city’s attractions- Tennessee Aquarium, Tivoli Theater, Hunter Museum of American Art, Tennessee Riverwalk, Reflection Riding Arboretum and Botanical Garden, and more. Learn more about the event.

Event Date: September 30, 2018

2018 IRONMAN Louisville

Join us in Louisville for one of IRONMAN’s most iconic races! It took home the 2016 Athlete Choice awards in Best Overall Race Satisfaction, Overall Swim, Overall Bike and Overall run! It is known for being lively, cultural and indulgent. A great way to experience all Louisville has to offer for athletes and their friends and family. Race conditions are near perfect with a fall race date. Athletes will begin a calm swim on the banks of the Ohio River for 2.4 miles. It’s 112 mile, two loop bike course offers a mix of rolling hills and flat pastures. Before you head out on the run, you’ll be greeted by thousands of cheering supporters! The race’s marathon takes you by the famous Kentucky Derby and University of Louisville before running down the unique downtown finish line.

Event Date: October 14th, 2018

Race in Orange at your favorite IRONMAN or IRONMAN 70.3

The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation is a featured charity of IRONMAN® and holds a limited number of 2017 bibs to four exclusive events, however you can race for Team Challenge at any IRONMAN®, 70.3 or full-distance event and help fund cures. Join us today. Race in orange. Be a part of the cure.


Win your entry to the IRONMAN World Championships in Kona

The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation offers one entry per year to the IRONMAN World Championships in Kona! Our overall top fundraiser of the year will secure their spot to this iconic race in 2018, truly a bucket list for all triathletes. 

To learn more email National Manager, Kat Gunsur-Smith at

Past Top Fundraisers for the Team Challenge IronTeam

2014 - Sandy Thompson and Alan Masarek $55,000 each

2015 - Jeffrey Robins $33,000

2016 - Mark Stenhouse $83,000

2017 - Mark Schneider $50,000


Team Challenge is proud to be part of the Time to Tri Initiative

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Thank you to our 2018 Team Challenge IronTeam Corporate Sponsors!