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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

Upcoming information session, Thursday March 23rd, 2017
8:15pm Eastern / 7:15pm Central / 6:15 Mountain / 5:15 Pacific

To join the Meeting: https://bluejeans.com/523249613

To call in to the meeting: Dial 1.408.740.7256 or 1.888.240.2560
Meeting ID: 523249613

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

Angel Whitworth, awhitworth@crohnscolitisfoundation.org or 646-942-6520: Triathlon events, International events, Marathon events, Cycle events 
Becky Burris, rburris@crohnscolitisfoundation.org or 646-352-1016: Napa to Sonoma, Rock n Roll New Orleans, Saratoga Springs
Joe Cobucci, jcobucci@crohnscolitisfoundation.org or 404-429-3057: corporate teams 

Events

Napa-to-Sonoma Wine Country Half Marathon & 5k

Join us for the 10th year at our flagship event, ands race through Wine Country! This popular race features a scenic vineyard course that starts at Cuvaison Carneros Winery in Napa and takes you 13.1 miles to finish in historic Sonoma Plaza in front of City Hall.

Event Date: July 16, 2017


Saratoga Springs Half Marathon & 5k

The newest addition to the Team Challenge roster! Race through the beautiful Adirondack region on this flat and fast course through Saratoga Spa State Park, and the iconic Avenue of the Pines.

Event Date: July 9, 2017


Goleta Beach Triathlon

Simply the best triathlon venue on the California Coast! Visit one of Santa Barbara county’s most popular beaches at the Goleta Beach Triathlon. Teammates will experience a calm open water swim, flat bike ride along the coast and a run finish right on the beach!


Event Date: Sunday, July 30, 2017

Maine Lighthouse Ride

Enjoy stunning views of the New England coastline and up to 9 historic lighthouses from a course that follows Maine’s Eastern Trail. With 4 distance options ranging from 25 to 100 miles, this event appeals to riders of all levels.

Event Date: September 9, 2017


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

Caroline

CarolineCaroline was a dancer, tennis and lacrosse player and an avid skier.  She was always very active and athletic but had to take a break from so many of these activities that she loves when she was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease at the early age of 10.  

Caroline was plagued with terrible stomach pains and debilitating fatigue.  She had stopped growing and missed a lot of school. Over the past year she has endured many tests, lots of  trips to and from the doctor and frequent visits to the hospital for infusions. Despite all this, Caroline is always with a smile on her face, fighting her disease with courage, positivity and grace.  

She feels fortunate to be an Honored Hero and intends to continue to support Team Challenge and The Foundation until a cure is found!

Sam

SamOn March 5th, 2015, Sam (11 years old at the time), was diagnosed with severe Crohn’s Disease. He had been ill for nearly 3 months and lost an incredible amount of weight. His family made several visits to their pediatrician looking for answers. After being poked and prodded, braving many blood tests, an endoscopy, a colonoscopy and a MRI, they finally received his diagnosis.

Sam is now 12 years old (Sept 7, 2003) and just finished the 6th grade! He is shy but once you get to know him outgoing and very talkative little man. He loves to explore new things and learn about as much as you can about it.He loves reading, playing Minecraft & Terraria, learning/watching/riding elevators, just began playing trumpet and loves learning new music, LOVES Star Wars, loves roller coasters, board games, enjoys running trails with his dad, rides his bike daily, is beginning to enjoy lap swimming more and more, plays Wii U Splatoon, enjoys reading about science and the human body. Oh and lately he loves reading and quizzing his parents about geography.

After many re-occurring infusion visits and adjusting some dietary life changes, Sam is on his way to remission. While his numbers from lab work are amazingly great from one year ago the word 'remission' will soon be determined once he under goes another endoscopy/colonoscopy (this June).

Sam’s dad, Scott, is currently part of the Team Challenge Chicago Marathon Team! His #TeamSam campaign has raised thousands of dollars for CCFA! Sam and his family are very excited to be a part of the Team Challenge family and Sam is honored to be our Honored Teammate!

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 14 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 events, International events, Marathon events, Cycle events 
Becky Burris, rburris@crohnscolitisfoundation.org or 646-352-1016: Napa to Sonoma, Rock n Roll New Orleans, Saratoga Springs
Joe Cobucci, jcobucci@crohnscolitisfoundation.org or 404-429-3057: corporate teams