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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:


Join us for Team Challenge Maui/Austin seasons now!

Info Sessions:

Upcoming Events

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

Boston's Run to Remember Half Marathon & 5 Miler

Run or walk in historic Boston! Boston’s Run to Remember includes a 5 mile and a half marathon option, and both courses allow participants to see sights such as Boston Common, the State House, and Faneuil Hall. This one is sure to be a wicked good time!

Event Date: May 26, 2019

Rock ’n’ Roll San Diego Marathon, Half Marathon, 5K & Relay

Join the Team Challenge family at the Rock ’n’ Roll San Diego Marathon, Half Marathon, Relay, and 5k! Race in this beautiful Southern California city and get ready to be entertained by the many bands featured along the course!

Event Date: June 2, 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

Meet Honored Hero Erik Klimecky 

Erik was about to turn 6 years old and enter 1st grade at an exciting new school when his symptoms began. This was the beginning of a scary, confusing road to diagnosis and stabilization of his ulcerative colitis. It took a year to get his diagnosis and almost 2 more years to finally stabilize. Erik has dealt with a lot of pain, anxiety, and social difficulties for being so young however his constant joy would make most people not even realize anything was going on. He is now 13 years old and loves YouTube videos, Magic the Gathering and video games and continues to fight IBD daily. 



Left to Right: Brittany Melseth, Kaelyn Adams

Coach Brittany Melseth

Hey, I'm Brittany, or Coach B! I found Team Challenge just months after my diagnosis with Crohn's Disease in 2013, and I haven't looked back since! Like most patients, I had quite the journey to my diagnosis - 21 years in fact. I am a swimmer at hear, but fell in love with running once entering remission. Running and living a healthy lifestyle (I believe) has allowed me to remain in remission for 4+ years. When I'm not running, I enjoy hanging out with family/friends, traveling, hanging out with my Corgi, Smalls, being the coolest Auntie and cheering on my Mariners. 

Coach Kaelyn Adams 

My name is Kaelyn Adams and this is my 14th season coaching with Team Challenge. When I first started in 2011 I had no connection to Crohn's or Colitis; 8 years and 15 races later I am now connected to hundreds of people I call family, including my husband who I met my first season. When I am not coaching Team Challenge, I work as a massage therapist, sports psychologist, and teach barre, cycle & yoga. I have done several half marathons, 3 marathons, and a handful of triathlons. I am very passionate about health and fitness, both physically and mentally, and really enjoy helping people achieve their fitness goals. Aside from helping people train for half marathons, the relationships I have built during my involvement with Team Challenge are some of the most important ones in my life. I look forward to another amazing season and adding more people to my family. 


Mentor Karen


Hi! My name is Karen, and this will be my 10th season with Team Challenge. Not only am I a Team Challenge mentor and participant, but I serve on the National Team Challenge Alumni Committee.  I hope to bring what I learn from that committee to our local chapter and more importantly what I learn from you, the participant, back to the committee.  I can't wait to welcome you to our #TCfamily

Mentor Molly 


My name is Molly kent and I have done 5 Team Challenge events. I was diagnosed with UC in 2005, just before my senior year of college. For ten years after my diagnosis I didn't tell a soul about my UC - I was too scared, embarrassed, and isolated to speak up. I run with Team Challenge because I never want anyone else to go through that (ans this TC family is the most amazing, welcoming, silly, fun, supportive bunch of goofballs I've ever come across)!

Mentor Madeleine


My name is Madeleine and Austin will be my 6th event with TCNW! My first "why" is my daughter Lizzy - diagnosed with Crohn's disease at age 11. She's now 16 and doing great! My second "why" is all the wonderful people I've met through Team Challenge. 


Additional Details

Bring Team Challenge to Your Office!
Our local staff will present a program overview and share how you and your co-workers can make a difference. Contact Team Manager, Amanda Mendum to learn more or schedule a visit.

Amanda Mendum

Endurance Manager, Team Challenge
Crohn's & Colitis Foundation - Northwest Chapter
9 Lake Bellevue Dr., Suite 203 Bellevue, WA 98005
Email:  Tel: 646-734-0875  x5     Fax: 425-451-1708


Sara Honored hero