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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:

Schedule a 1-on-1

Contact your Endurance Manager
Nick Oestreich or (215) 396-9100 x 6

Upcoming Events

Independence Rhode Race

Team Challenge heads back to the east coast! This half marathon event follows the beautiful downtown streets of Bristol, RI when it is decked out in its finest during the Oldest 4th of July Celebration in America. The course includes incredible historic homes, a town common, and the America’s Cup Museum before heading out along the scenic coastline, through Colt State Park, and finishing along the water at Independence Park.

Event Date: June 30, 2018

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

Join us for our 11th and final year at our flagship event, and 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 15, 2018

Rock ‘N’ Roll Savannah Marathon & Half Marathon

Looking to add a little Southern charm to your race experience? Join Team Challenge as we run and walk in historic Savannah, GA at the Rock ‘N’ Roll Savannah Marathon, Half Marathon and Relay. The course starts in front of City Hall and winds through Savannah’s historic downtown district and charming neighborhoods before finishing in beautiful Forsyth Park. Enjoy local Savannah bands throughout the race course, and celebrate with your teammates at the finish line festival!

Event Date: November 3, 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 Hero


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.

 Lauren Hamilton

Team Challenge has been the best thing that has ever happened to me. It has pushed me to do things I never dreamed I'd be able to do; like running a half-marathon, or 3?! and sucessfully fundraising for an amazing foundation that advocated for people like my momma and I.

My experience with Crohn's disease began at a young age, my mom was always sick and could'nt go out with us very often. She was confined to the toiled at home, or wherever we happened to be. I remember how sad and anxious it made me, so much so that I would pretend I was sick to stay home with her. I saw how much it affected her life and wished it would go away.

Fast forward to 2010, I was in my first semester of college when the pain and bloating began. I ignored it for weeks, being stubborn runs in my family as well as IBD! As we headed to the hospital I just thought "oh no biggie, it's just appendicitis, it has to be." Earlier, on the always reliable WebMD, I entered my symptoms and the words Crohn's disease popped in the possible diagnosis column and my heart dropped, but no way.

After a cat scan the doctor was convinced it was Crohn's. So begins the multiple hospitalization, NG tubes, medications and the colonoscopies, severe pain, and other related fun.

Seven years later, my ileum and cecum were pretty scarred up from stubbornness, stress, and changing medications. I decided I wanted to have surgery before anything got any worse as I kept getting blockages and fistulas. The surgery was thankfully a sucess, even though there are complications; like persistent steatorrhea, I recommend no googling it. The serious diminishment of the pain was worth it.

My Team Challenge family has supported me through it all the past couple years and I can only hope to help others as much as they have helped me.



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.

Coach Sam ClarkeCoach Samantha Clarke

Coach Samantha Clarke joined Team Challenge in 2012. She decided to take part after being diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in 2008. Through the team she has found a passion for running and helping others with IBD. Since joining the team she has completed five half marathons (three as a Team Challenge participant/mentor) and one full marathon. Coach Sam is very excited to be coaching team Philly this spring!



Coach Heather FillipoCoach Heather Fillipo

In 2013, Heather decided she wanted to give a little more purpose to her running.  She started looking for non-profit running groups with missions that she could connect with. That’s when she found Team Challenge, and she could not be happier that she did. She joined the team as a participant in the Spring of 2013. She has since participated in two seasons as a mentor, and her love of Team Challenge has continued to grow.  "The people I have met through TC are some of the strongest and most inspirational individuals I have ever had the privilege to come across. They have become my motivation to persevere in running, and in life. They have become my family, and it is so exciting to see that family grow season after season as we run for a cure."


Additional Details


Want to compete for a cure with your colleagues? Our local staff will present at your workplace! Contact Nick oestreich, Endurance Manager at  or (215) 396-9100 x 6 to learn more.