Team Challenge




Get fit, make friends, and change the lives of others—as part of Team Challenge, you can do all of this and more! Team Challenge is the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America’s endurance training and fundraising program. With Team Challenge, you’ll find new strength inside yourself, and help find cures for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis – two painful, debilitating, and seldom-discussed digestive diseases. With our Half Marathon and Triathlon Training Programs, you’ll train for a rewarding and exciting endurance event at one of our great destination races while raising vital funds for research into these diseases. Funds raised will help make new treatments possible and fuel the search for cures.


Here’s what Team Challenge offers you:

  • Personalized fitness training by an experienced coach for an entire season
  • Expenses-paid weekend away to a great destination race
  • A supportive team to train with each week
  • Training clinics and helpful tips on topics like nutrition, hydration, injury prevention and shoe fit
  • Team Manager, a dedicated CCFA staff person who coordinates team events, guides you through fundraising, and will encourage you all season!
  • Mentor, a past participant of Team Challenge who can show you the ropes and be your personal fundraising coach
  • Team uniform including a training shirt and race day singlet


What: Team Challenge is an endurance sports training program. Participants raise funds for Crohn’s and colitis research and patient services in exchange for training, support, and lodging and airfare to the event of their choice. (Airfare dependent upon program)
Participants: Participants range from seasoned athletes to novices who want to get in shape, triumph over a challenge, and/or meet other motivated people. Teams train in honor of local patients who are battling Crohn’s and colitis, known as honored teammates. Their stories provide insight to the diseases from a patient’s perspective and motivation for the team to continue to train, advocate, and fundraise for a cure.
Fundraise: Each participant in Team Challenge is given a fundraising goal. Fundraising goals differ based on the location of the team and the event destination. Each participant has the entire season to fundraise including a month after their race! In exchange for reaching your goal, you receive the benefits listed above. Additional fundraising details specific to local teams are available from the Team Manager.

To help you achieve success with your fundraising, Team Challenge provides you with fundraising clinics, a personalized fundraising website and Facebook app, fundraising tools, a supportive Team Manager to guide you, and a mentor to help you along the way!

Register: Start now — find your team and get more information from your local Team Manager! See what others have to say about their Team Challenge experiences – check out their Testimonials.


For over 40 years, the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) has paved the way for cures by creating the first research programs dedicated to Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. With escalating numbers of new diagnoses, the need for research and patient support funding is greater than ever.

Team Challenge helps us raise the funds needed to make these diseases history. When you join Team Challenge, you’ll train for a rewarding and exciting endurance event while raising vital funds for research. With your help, we can prevent Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis from impacting future generations.

Get ready for the experience of a lifetime! Join Team Challenge for our half marathon and/or triathlon programs today!

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