Team Challenge IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3®
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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 200 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® Boulder 70.3 and Santa Rosa 70.3 events. Contact Kat Gunsur-Smith for more information at email@example.com
MAKE EVERY MILE MORE MEANINGFUL!
Competitors in IRONMAN® Chattanooga will swim in the Tennessee River, bike with scenic farmland and mountain views, and run through the sites of Chattanooga- downtown, the South Side, Riverview, and the North Shore. After the race, explore the city’s attractions- Tennessee Aquarium, Tivoli Theater, Hunter Museum of American Art, Tennessee Riverwalk, Reflection Riding Arboretum and Botanical Garden, and more. Learn more about the event.
Event Date: September 29, 2019
This iconic race is back on the IRONMAN circuit, but don’t miss; it will only be happening every 3 years starting in 2020! You’ll race with the red rocks as your backdrop and start your swim at the beautiful mirrored lake at Sand Hollow state park. This race is known for his spectator and volunteer support, especially as you make your way to downtown St. George. To celebrate your accomplishment, take a relaxing camping trip to Zion or Bryce, a close drive to St. George.
Event Date: May 2, 2020
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 9th, 2020
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 31, 2020
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, 2020
Cambridge loves having triathletes and IRONMAN in town! And athletes will love this course, voted best overall bike in the IRONMAN 70.3 athlete’s choice awards 2017, and for good reason; this course is pancake flat!
The city is known for it’s charm as it takes you through colonial towns and the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge. With over 20 years running, many athletes will find themselves wanting to return year after year, or eventually taking on the same course for the full IRONMAN event that is held later in the year.
Event Date: June 2020
Celebrate this iconic races’ 20th year anniversary in 2018! 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!
Event Date: July 2020 TBD
Maine is the ultimate race destination for summer fun for yourself and your family with the beach, food (lobster rolls!), amusement parks, arcades and recreational activities. After the race, enjoy the charm of Maine’s festivals, concerts and fireworks!
Participants start at Old Orchard Beach, close to popular seaside resorts, for a point to point rectangular swim. The bike course is nice and flat with a set of rolling hills that takes you through Maine’s countryside and bonus points for a shady course in August! Finally, the course ends with a flat out and back run over a section of the Eastern Trail and finishing in Old Orchard Beach.
Event Date: August 30, 2020
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 30, 2020
The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation is a featured charity of IRONMAN® and holds a limited number of 2017 bibs to four exclusive events, however you can race for Team Challenge at any IRONMAN®, 70.3 or full-distance event and help fund cures. Join us today. Race in orange. Be a part of the cure.
Win your entry to the IRONMAN World Championships in Kona
The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation offers one entry per year to the IRONMAN World Championships in Kona! Our overall top fundraiser of the year will secure their spot to this iconic race in 2018, truly a bucket list for all triathletes.
To learn more email National Manager, Kat Gunsur-Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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