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:
- Guaranteed race entry
- 16 week training plan
- Hotel Accommodations
- Professional fundraising support, including your own personal fundraising website
- Full-time staff support
- Team Challenge inspirational pasta party
- Team Challenge race singlet and branded apparel
- Race day transportation
Come meet the New England team at our next group run/walk.
Please contact our New England Team Challenge Manager for more informationBrianne Creedon(781) 449-0324 x4
Team Challenge is heading to the capital of Texas in 2019, yee-haw! The Austin Marathon, Half Marathon, and 5k has something to offer for everyone! If music gets you going, you’ll love the 20+ bands playing live country, blues, and rock music along the course. Into history? Make sure to take in the incredible landmarks such as the UT Tower, “I love you” mural, and South Congress Ave as you race across the city. Finally, the numerous incredible food trucks positioned strategically at the finish line after party will be a hit with anyone looking for a delicious post-race meal!
Event Date: February 17, 2019
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 the Foundation's mission with no fundraising commitment! Set your own goal. The more you raise, the more rewards you receive!
Who are Honored Heroes?
An Honoree is someone who provides inspiration to our athletes throughout the training and fundraising period. Honorees serve as symbols of strength and motivation, support and determination. An Honoree is someone who is currently is being treated for Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis. Each of our Team Challenge participants is matched up with an Honoree. Honorees have the unique opportunity to connect with individuals who have committed themselves to raising funds for the fight against Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. They will share their strength and courage with participants who are training to complete their endurance event.
When participants join Team Challenge, they commit to many months of training and fundraising before completing a half marathon. They are not only motivated by their own personal fitness goals, but are truly inspired by the bravery and fortitude of each Honoree.
For as long as she can remember, Sarah has had painful constipation and severe stomach aches. She was always on the small side, but her parents just thought it was because she was a very picky eater. It wasn't until this past January that the pain in Sarah's stomach soared to an ultimate high, causing her to wake up during the night, every night. Sarah was lucky: she was able to be seen and diagnosed with Crohn's within a month and was put on a plan. She has "taken Crohn's by the horns" and isn't letting it stop her from doing anything that she loves to do. Sarah loves to dance, play softball, hang out with her friends and spend time with her family. In the summers, she loves to swim, go "glamping" in Connecticut and spend a week at the beach in Old Orchard Beach, Maine. She's a great big sister to her four-year-old sister, Olivia, and loves hanging out with her older sister, Emily. Even with all the pain that comes with this disease, you will always see a smile on Sarah's face. She has taken on all the responsibilities that come with a chronic illness and is diligent about taking her daily medication. She doesn't let Crohn's stop her--or slow her down--from being the kind and sweet nine-year-old girl whom everyone loves. Sarah is definitely a hero!
Who are the Team Challenge Coaches?
Our professional coaches prepare training plans for all levels of athletes. Team Challenge coaches lead weekly trainings and send weekly coaching newsletters to help you get the most out of your training experience! Seasoned athletes themselves, our Team Challenge coaches are passionate about healthy living and finding a cure for Crohn's and colitis. Our coaches are specially trained to work with participants with IBD and cater to the needs associated with the symptoms.
Meet Coach Lori
Coach Lori is thrilled to join as Team Challenge’s coach for another season! Coach Lori has been working with the IBD population for the past 8 years and is currently a social worker at the Crohn’s and Colitis Center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Merging this passion with a love of running, Coach Lori loves to motivate and help participants walk, run, or crawl to the finish line. Coach Lori is a firm believer in running for yourself and that with the right help and friends and family by your side anyone is capable of achieving whatever they strive to do! In her spare time, Coach Lori is a member of Beantown Bootcamp and volunteer with many organizations throughout the city including The Big Sister Program and The Jimmy Fund. Coach Lori also believe there is nothing better in life then spending time with your family and friends exploring the city or catching up over a good meal and a bottle of wine!