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I have met the most amazing people through the Team Challenge program who have become my closest friends! We are all working toward the same goal... finding a cure for Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. — Leigh

When you join the Team, not only will you receive a comprehensive program to help you achieve your fitness goals, but you will become part of the Team Challenge family. As a Team, we challenge ourselves, change lives and fundraise for cures for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis - two painful, debilitating, and seldom-discussed digestive diseases. With Team Challenge, you become part of the solution!

Why join Team Challenge?

Here’s what Team Challenge offers you:

Information Sessions

We have many races both nationally and internationally, please contact us for more information!

Angel Whitworth, awhitworth@crohnscolitisfoundation.org or 646-942-6520: Triathlon, International, Marathon, Cycle, Race In Orange 
Becky Burris, rburris@crohnscolitisfoundation.org or 646-352-1016: Marathon, Half marathon, 10k, 5k 
Joe Cobucci, jcobucci@crohnscolitisfoundation.org or 404-429-3057: Corporate teams

Events

Rock 'n' Roll New Orleans

A new addition to the Team Challenge roster, New Orleans is one of the country’s most culturally, architecturally and musically interesting cities. The Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans Marathon, 1/2 Marathon, and 10K unfolds along a course through the city in the days leading up to Mardi Gras, the annual pre-Lent party to end all parties! 

Event Date: March 4, 2018


Surf City Marathon & Half Marathon

Run or walk 13.1 or 26.2 miles with us at our new winter event the Surf City Half Marathon and Marathon! This race in Huntington Beach, CA starts along the Pacific Coast Highway and is well known for being scenic, flat, and full of fun! 

Event Date: February 4th, 2018


Race In Orange

Team Challenge is excited to announce a new option in the fight against Crohn’s & Colitis. Whether you love to run/walk a 5k, get dirty in a mud run, cruise in a cycle event, or tri a triathlon…you can now help support CCFA's mission with no fundraising commitment! Set your own goal. The more you raise, the more rewards you receive!


Honored Heroes

Addy

sick AddyMy name is Addy and I am 12 years old. I am so excited to be the honored hero this season.

My journey started four years ago in October of 2013. That fall, my mom knew something was wrong with me. She tells me that my bright blue eyes turned grey, my hair became stringy and brittle, my face became sunken, I was becoming skeletal with all the weight loss, and the color of my skin changed to a very sickly one. I knew I didn't feel well, but I didn't know what was going on. As I got sicker and continued to lose weight, my mom took me to the doctor over and over. At first they thought I had cancer and a bunch of other things. Once they decided I didn't have anything they told my mom it was all in her head and nothing was wrong wtih me. My mom fought the doctors for months because no one believed her.

healthy AddyFour months later, I was so sick and started bleeding so much that my mom took me to the ER and refused to leave. Luckily, this time, someone listened and they admitted me. There were days in the hospital where my mom held my limp body crying. There were days I couldn't even wake up. After 8 days in the hospital, I received the Crohn's diagnosis. I left the hospital with a feeding tube and 15 weeks of formula only. I was sad and depressed.

This past year I was one week away from 3 years in remission and ended up in a really bad flare. My disease became life-threatening very rapidly, this time with a Toxic Megacolon, and I was moments away from surgery to remove it. But, today, I fight. I am doing much better but still have a long road to recovery. I just turned 12 in July and all I wanted for my birthday was a cure so that I can just be a kid.

 

Coaching

Coach Dave McGovern, Half Marathon
Coach Dave McGovern
Coach Dave is a globe-trotting running and walking coach with a master's degree in sport science from the United States Sports Academy. During his competitive career Dave represented the United States on nearly 20 USA Track & Field international teams, won 15 U.S. National Championships and competed in 8 Olympic trials--the most of any track & field athlete in any event in US history. 

As a private coach, Dave has had more than a dozen athletes qualify for the United States Olympic Track & Field Trials. Dave has also coached the national team of Ghana, West Africa, and has been named to the coaching staffs of several USA Track and Field teams, most recently as the Head Coach for the US Team at the 2012 Race Walking World Cup in Saransk, Russia.

Although recognized world-wide as a top athlete and coach, Dave points to his work with Team Challenge as one of his proudest achievements. Dave has been a National Coach with Team Challenge since the program's inception, and has served as Run Coach for Team Long Island since 2008. His interest in Team Challenge was sparked by his personal connection to The Foundation's mission - his wife, Loretta, has colitis.

 

Coach Ken Lucchesi, Triathlon
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Coach Ken combines extensive personal experience in endurance events with a fun and balanced attitude towards training and fitness. He has been a part of Team Challenge since 2011 and has coached both our half marathon and triathlon seasons.

In addition to coaching our National Triathlon Team, Ken also serves as the Head Coach for our Northern California team. He is a valued member of the Team Challenge family! He began his impressive athletic career as a tennis player turned runner and triathlete. He began running in 1998 and has completed six marathons, ten half marathons, six Ironman triathlons, and numerous other athletic events since then.

He is a certified personal trainer (American College of Sports Medicine) with experience coaching athletes of all skill levels and has a positive, energetic attitude towards fitness. He also recently received his Road Runners Club of America "Run Coach" Certification and is a USA Triathlon-certified Level 1 triathlon coach. Ken has a passion for helping athletes reach their fitness goals and is excited to help you cross the finish line for a cure! 

 

Coach Marc Blandin, Cycle
Coach Marc BlandinTeam Challenge National Cycling Coach Marc Blandin is an avid runner and cyclist with a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education with a concentration in coaching.  

Marc has competed in many bike rides and races including a number of century rides over the last fifteen years.  He has also run more than thirty-five marathons including Boston, New York, and London.  Additionally, he has raced in a number of duathlons and ultra-relays. For many years, Marc was a personal trainer working with celebrities, athletes, and clients whose skills ranged from beginner to professional.  

During the past ten years, he has combined his passion for volunteer work with his passion for exercise, serving as race director for a local road race as well as a triathlon. Marc first became involved with Team Challenge as a running coach with the New England Chapter in 2010, and has served as the Cycle coach since 2012.  Marc loves training cyclists of all ages and abilities, and is always excited to be coaching with the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation.

Additional Details

For more information about how the National Team works, please click here.

To get more information about joining the team, please contact the National Team Manager for your event of interest.

Angel Whitworth, awhitworth@crohnscolitisfoundation.org or 646-942-6520: Triathlon, International, Marathon, Cycle, Race In Orange
Becky Burris, rburris@crohnscolitisfoundation.org or 646-352-1016: Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k, 5k 
Joe Cobucci, jcobucci@crohnscolitisfoundation.org or 404-429-3057: Corporate teams