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"Iron is an element used to make other metals stronger. Team Challenge is definitely my "iron". It strengthened my IRONMAN® strategy, training, motivation, race day execution and most importantly my purpose. If you go "all-in" with Team Challenge's Iron Team, they will carry you across the finish line, you will truly connect with the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation's cause and you will learn more about yourself than you ever imagined. Simply put, my Team Challenge Iron Team experience changed my life and it can change yours as well!" - Sandy Thompson

Widely considered one of the most difficult one-day sporting events in the world, IRONMAN® competitions consist of 70.3 or 140.6-miles of consecutive swimming, biking, and running. The Crohn's and Colitis Foundation is proud to partner with exclusive IRONMAN® events and holds a limited number of bibs with some great perks that athletes cannot get anywhere else. This program is a great way to push your limits while truly making a difference for the nearly 1 in 100 people who suffer from Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

If you speak to an IRONMAN® you’ll soon find he or she describes it as one of the best life experiences ever. Words can’t describe the feeling of elation when crossing the finish line in an event that you did not comprehend finishing when you first started training. It is something that if you complete, can leave you wondering what would life would be like if you had not gone though the experience. It can change you and make you think about things differently. Do you have what it takes to do an IRONMAN®?

NOT READY FOR 70.3? DO A RELAY! Taking on 70.3 miles is quite the challenge, so why not share it with others? Team Challenge is proud to now offer a relay option for the IRONMAN® 70.3 Santa Rosa or Des Moines event in 2020.

Contact Kat Gunsur-Smith for more information at


2021 IRONMAN Santa Rosa 70.3

Highly regarded as a “must do” race in California wine country. You’ll experience beautiful winding roads lined with vineyards. After you race, experience all Santa Rosa has to offer in nearby Sonoma County and Healdsburg for incredible B&Bs, boutique hotels food, craft breweries and wine tasting.

The race begins in Lake Sonoma on a single loop 1.2 mile swim course. The 56 mile bike course takes athletes through gentle rollers throughout this famous wine country. The run will finish off the race with a tour of the City of Santa Rosa and a run along the Santa Rosa Creek Trail. All athletes and spectators can look forward to enjoying a fantastic finish line with food and wine to be enjoyed by all.

Event Date: May 8, 2021


Ironman Tulsa

2021 IRONMAN Tulsa

Be a part of IRONMAN’s newest event with this early season race. Your swim begins in Keystone Lake at the beautiful Keystone harbor marina. You’ll travel by bike on rolling hills to the iconic Oklahoma State University, home of the sooners! Finally, you’ll finish your race on a flat run course through downtown and receive a taste of Southern hospitality as the locals cheer you on!

Event Date: May 23, 2021


IRONMAN 70.3 Des Moines

2021 IRONMAN 70.3 Des Moines

A brand new race on the IRONMAN 70.3 circuit gives participants a chance to race at the North American championships for 2020. This bike and run course is known to be fast and flat with scenic views of the city and countryside. The swim begins at Gray’s Lake with calm waters and spectators can cheer you on from the lake pedestrian bridge. Go for your personal best at the inaugural race!

Event Date: June 21, 2021

Ironman Lake Placid

2021 IRONMAN Lake Placid

Lake Placid offers an iconic and challenging course in the heart of the Adirondack mountains. The two loop swim takes place in Mirror Lake, a calm, pristine lake right in the heart of Lake Placid. It’s an excellent spectator course with a  finish line celebration that is infamous among triathletes!


2021 IRONMAN Canada

It’s true! The iconic IRONMAN Canada in Penticton, BC is back for the first time since 2012! The swim is self-seeded and takes place in the pristine waters of Okanagan Lake followed by a 2 loop bike course around wine country.

The course is spectator friendly and offers breathtaking views.

Event Date: August 29, 2021


Race in Orange at your favorite IRONMAN or IRONMAN 70.3

The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation is a featured charity of IRONMAN and holds a limited number of bib to exclusive events listed above, however you can Race in Orange at any IRONMAN 70.3 or full-distance event and help find cures. Join us today. Race in Orange. Be a part of the cure!


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The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation has been proud to send our top fundraisers to the most iconic day in racing and a bucket list race for all triathletes.

To learn more email National Manager, Kat Gunsur-Smith at

Past Top Fundraisers for the Team Challenge IronTeam

2014 - Sandy Thompson and Alan Masarek $55,000 each

2015 - Jeffrey Robins $33,000

2016 - Mark Stenhouse $83,000

2017 - Mark Schneider $50,000

2018 - Eric Knight $48,000

2019 - Sandy Thompson $33,500 

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Thank you to our 2020 Team Challenge IronTeam Partners and Corporate Sponsors!

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