Triathlon Training for Novice and Seasoned Athletes Helps Change the Lives of Digestive Disease Patients

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Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America Introduces Team Challenge Triathlon Training for September’s TriRock San Diego

Through Team Challenge Triathlon athletes can test their limits, make new friends and great memories, and give countless patients hope for a life without Crohn's or colitis.

Novice and expert athletes in Northern and Southern California can now train for the September 11, 2011 TriRock San Diego with the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation’s Team Challenge endurance training program. Those interested in an experience of a lifetime -- training to swim, bike, and run this race while raising funds for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis patients -- can attend an information meeting in the Los Angeles, San Diego, or San Francisco areas, in early May.

“The Team Challenge Triathlon program was built on the foundation created by the Team Challenge half marathon training and cycling programs which have prepared thousands of novice and expert endurance athletes and helped generate $8 million in 2010 alone, and over $20 million since the program was launched in 2007,” says Staci Brown, National Event Director. “Now through Team Challenge Triathlon athletes can test their limits, make new friends and great memories, and give countless patients hope for a life without Crohn's or colitis.”

Training over 16 weeks at local venues will be provided by the program’s professional coaches to ensure participants perform at their best for all sections of the events, including open water swim coaching. A series of clinics on open water swimming, bike safety, nutrition, hydration, and injury prevention, will prepare participants for the .3 mile swim, 12.4 mile bike ride, and 3.1 mile run.

Participants will raise funds, with the help of CCFA staff and fundraising tools, to support research, education, and support programs for the 1.4 million Americans with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, chronic and often painful digestive diseases.

Organized by the operators of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon, TriRock San Diego is part of the TriRock triathlon series. Participants can expect a day to remember from this high-energy event with rocking music, a beer garden, red carpet finish, and other exciting features.

Learn more and register for an upcoming information meeting 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

Media Contact:
Ariella Levine
Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America


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