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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:


Summer season begins in April!

Upcoming Events

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!

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

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

Honored Hero

Meet Honored Hero Fiona Lynch





Coach Bill


Bill has been coaching with Team Challenge for 6 years but he has been running his
whole life. Born from a family of runners, he ran his first 5K at age 6 and
hasn't stopped running on the road, trail, or the soccer field since. 
Always looking for new challenges and to test his endurance, Bill is a
participant in Urban Adventure Races, has (intentionally) climbed the stairs of
the Sears Tower in Chicago, and is aspiring to climb both Mt. Rainier and
Mt. Everest (someday). Having completed a bunch of 1/2 marathons, 4 full
marathons, and too many other races to count, Bill is primed and ready to help
you reach all of your goals and get you across the finish line!



Coach Luke





Mentor Karen







Hi! My name is Karen, and this will be my 7th season with Team Challenge.
I was recently selected to serve on the National Team Challenge Alumni Committee.
I hope to bring what I learn from the committee to our local chapter, but more importantly
what I learn from all of you to the committe. My brothers and nephew all suffer
from Crohn’s Disease, and I have seen the effects these diseases have on them.
I have watched them struggle through some tough times with good humor and
grace. We have laughed and cried many times. I wanted and needed to find
a way to help, to give back in some way, and found Team Challenge. I found an
extended family, new friends and a vehicle to help those that live with Crohn’s
and Colitis. I gained much more than I expected in joining Team Challenge, and
I hope to add more extended family members this season. I look forward to meeting all of you and 
helping all of you reach your goals!

Mentor Denny








When I was in my early 20’s I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. The day I was diagnosed,
I’d never heard of the disease, I remember my doctor telling me, “We don’t know how you get
it and there is no cure, you’re in for a long road ahead”. I didn’t even know what to think, I just
moved on as if nothing was different. Unfortunately things got much worse with multiple ER trips,
surgeries, treatments/infusions, etc.  Fast forward years, I found myself with a desire to get
involved with a non-profit foundation to give time and raise awareness. I couldn’t just get involved
with any foundation, it had to be something that I felt was important to me and I had a connection to.
This is what lead me to Team Challenge. Just on a whim I decided to make contact and attend a kickoff.
At first I was really reluctant, it was just a little out of my comfort zone. That quickly ended before
leaving the meeting that night and yup, I was going to join.  Little did I know that getting involved
with Team Challenge would lead to meeting some of the most amazing people and acquiring a
second family. In the beginning joining Team Challenge was for selfish reasons. During my first
season , after hearing the stories of others and meeting some kids that have and continue to
struggle with the disease, that quickly changed. I now stay with Team Challenge and run on
behalf of my #TCFamily. 

Mentor Molly



I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis when I was
twenty-one, just before my senior year of college.  I had never heard of
IBD and I was so scared that I swore my parents to secrecy and lived in denial
for the next decade, telling no one and doing my best to ignore my
disease.  But then I found Team Challenge!  Standing up at our first
practice and telling everyone that I had UC was one of the most liberating
things I have ever done.  From there I went on to tell my family and
friends, and I haven't regretted it for a nanosecond.  Napa will be my
third TC event, and I can't wait!

Mentor Summer


I'm Summer! I love macaroni and cheese, horror movies
and Krav Maga. This will be my third season with Team Challenge and my first as
a mentor. I was officially diagnosed with Crohn's disease in July 2013, but I
try not to let IBD define me. I joined Team Challenge because two of my
friends, who also have Crohn's/ulcerative colitis, participated in TC events.
They told me how supportive the TC Family is and encouraged me to run and raise
awareness for those who can't.  I've met so many patients and caregivers through Team Challenge - their stories,
struggles, and triumphs are why I keep coming back. I look forward to meeting you all and having you as part of our ever-growing #TCFamily!



Additional Details

Bring Team Challenge to Your Office!
Our local staff will present a program overview and share how you and your co-workers can make a difference. Contact Seattle Manager Nicole Kittelson to learn more or schedule a visit.


Nicole Kittelson
Endurance Manager, Team Challenge
Crohn's & Colitis Foundation - Northwest Chapter
9 Lake Bellevue Dr., Suite 203 Bellevue, WA 98005
Email:    Tel: 425-451-8455  x5     Fax: 425-451-1708

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