Charity Cycling Training Program Opens Registration for Fall Ontario, Canada Race

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Three-Time Ironman Champion to Provide Coaching & Support

Team Challenge Cycle was launched in 2010 and our flagship team of 11 participants raised $77,000 before crossing the finish line at the Centurion Canada race in the beautiful Blue Mountains of Ontario, Canada

Beginner, intermediate, and advanced cyclists are invited to participate in the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation’s Team Challenge Cycle program and train for the 50 mile Centurion Canada race taking place on September 18, 2011 in the beautiful Blue Mountains of Ontario, Canada.

In addition to training athletes for the race, the program helps raise funds to benefit the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America’s research, education, and support initiatives to benefit the 1.4 million Americans living with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, chronic and often debilitating digestive diseases.

Cyclists will be virtually coached by professional bicyclist Melissa Spooner, three-time Ironman champion, nutritionist, and accomplished coach. For 14 weeks, Coach Spooner will hold interactive conference calls, providing tips and a daily training schedule for the participants and make certain that they are on the right path to completing the race.

“Team Challenge Cycle was launched in 2010 and our flagship team of 11 participants raised $77,000 before crossing the finish line at the Centurion Canada race in the beautiful Blue Mountains of Ontario, Canada,” says Coach Spooner. “As part of our National team, these participants trained and raised funds in their home towns before coming together to celebrate their accomplishments during race weekend.”

In exchange for raising funds, participants will receive roundtrip transportation to and from the event, three nights of hotel accommodations, race entry, a race day jersey, a personal web site for fundraising support, and will enjoy a pasta party the night before the race.

Registration to open at the beginning of May; training to begin the end of May. Those interested can learn more at or contact Marisa Sarringhaus at

About Crohn's Disease & Ulcerative Colitis
Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis are painful, medically incurable illnesses that attack the digestive system. Crohn's disease may attack anywhere from the mouth to the anus, while ulcerative colitis inflames only the large intestine (colon). Symptoms may include abdominal pain, persistent diarrhea, rectal bleeding, fever and weight loss. Many patients require hospitalization and surgery. These illnesses can cause severe complications, including colon cancer in patients with long-term disease. Some 1.4 million American adults and children suffer from Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis, with as many as 150,000 under the age of 18. Most people develop the diseases between the ages of 15 and 35.

About the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation
The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America's mission is to cure Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, and to improve the quality of life of children and adults affected by these diseases. The Foundation ranks third among leading health non-profits in the percentage of expense devoted to research toward a cure, with more than 81 cents of every dollar the Foundation spends goes to mission-critical programs. The Foundation consistently meets the standards of organizations that monitor charities, including the Better Business Bureau's Wise Giving Alliance ( and the American Institute of Philanthropy ( For more information, contact the Foundation at 800-932-2423 or visit Join CCFA on Facebook at follow CCFA on Twitter at

Ariella Levine
Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation

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