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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
noestreich@crohnscolitisfoundation.org or (215) 396-9100 x 6

Upcoming Events


Maui Oceanfront Marathon, Half Marathon, 15K, 10K & 5K

Start off 2019 on the right foot and head to the Aloha state with Team Challenge! Whether you’re interested in a marathon, half marathon, 15k, 10k, or 5k, this race truly has it all. Run or walk along the oceanfront with views of some of the prettiest beaches in the world, and finish at Kamehameha Iki Park. Take in the sights, including whales, volcanos, mountains, and rainbows, and enjoy traditional Hawaiian entertainment at the finish. This is one race you don’t want to miss!

Event Date: January 20, 2019



Austin Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K

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



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 the Foundation's mission with no fundraising commitment! Set your own goal. The more you raise, the more rewards you receive!


Honored Hero

WHO ARE TEAM CHALLENGE 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.

 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.

Coaches

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.

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 again this season!

Additional Details

BRING TEAM CHALLENGE TO YOUR OFFICE!

Want to compete for a cure with your colleagues? Our local staff will present at your workplace! Contact Nick oestreich, Endurance Manager at noestreich@crohnscolitisfoundation.org  or (646) 284-6391 to learn more.