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Training for a Good Cause: Team Challenge

Way back when I started this blog, nearly three years ago, it was in part to track my first major race — a half marathon. I didn’t do it alone though, because I am not as fancy as many runners out there. Since I had a family connection (my dad), I decided to do it with Team Challenge

Post marathon with my Team Challenge Partners

Post marathon with my Team Challenge Partners

Team Challenge gives runners/walkers the opportunity to be part of a supportive group and train for a half-marathon or a triathlon while raising funds to cure Crohn’s Disease and ulcerative colitis. Collectively known as Inflammatory Bowl Diseases (IBD), these debilitating diseases affect over 1.4 million Americans.

The group back in NYC (where I lived at the time) was so incredibly supportive and I didn’t dread the 12 mile runs. I made great friends, who I continued to train and run races with. Our race was in Boston, and it was such a wonderful time. I remember all the cheering, getting  my second wind at mile 9 after seeing my coach, and the necessary ice bath following. Honestly, that experience is what sparked my racing addiction and lead me to do the 9+1 with New York Road Runners, which I am finally cashing in on this year…(woohoo NYCM 2014!)

In the upcoming 2014 Summer season, participants will have the opportunity to complete a triathlon in Philadelphia or run or walk a half-marathon in either Napa, Kona, Jamestown, or Chicago. Team Challenge is made up of individuals from all walks of life-individuals who either have Crohn’s or Colitis, have a family member or friend with the disease, or people who just want to take part in something bigger than themselves and get in better shape at the same time. Importantly, patients of Crohn’s and Colitis have found the experience to be empowering as they can contribute to their fight for a cure!36094_406575884054_1824181_n

Seriously how cool would Kona be? Check out this link and learn more about Team Challenge! http://www.ccteamchallenge.org/

 

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