Run, Swim, and Bike the San Diego Triathlon Classic with Team Challenge



June 6, 2016

SAN DIEGO, CA – Twenty-five California triathletes crossed the finish line yesterday at the Bass Lake Classic at Yosemite as part of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America’s Team Challenge endurance training and fundraising program. The Team Challenge San Diego triathlon team raised over $70,000 this season to fund mission-critical research and support for patients living with inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD). Now they face a new challenge – completing the San Diego Triathlon Classic on September 10, 2016 in Point Loma, CA. Team Challenge is the official charity partner of this race, which is sponsored by Moment Bicycles.

For the past five years, Team Challenge’s San Diego triathlon team has celebrated a 100 percent success rate of teammates crossing the finish line thanks to their training program and coaching staff, Coaches Skip and Linda Slade. In addition to the San Diego team, four other Team Challenge chapters will also train athletes in Orange County, Los Angeles, Northern California and nationally. Training begins soon with a 14-week training program offered to participants who sign up to fundraise for Team Challenge.

“Anyone who wants to complete their first triathlon is in great hands with our coaches,” said Craig Comins, Vice President of Team Challenge. “Not only are they knowledgeable in the sport, but they are also extremely passionate about CCFA’s mission to cure IBD, and treat their triathletes like family from the start. It’s no mystery why we have alumni who have come back four, five, or six seasons in a row to work with them.”

Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in 1983, Head Coach Skip Slade completed his first triathlon in 2006 though, when he was diagnosed, he never thought it would be possible. He has since made it his mission to spread awareness about IBD while helping those affected by these debilitative digestive diseases realize their full potential.

Coach Linda Slade completed her first triathlon in 2011, just weeks after successfully completing breast cancer treatment. “Triathlon is a life-affirming experience and can serve as a stepping stone for positive personal change,” said Linda.

Click here to learn more about how you can complete a triathlon with Team Challenge or to join the team today.  

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About Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis 

Known collectively as inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis affects 1 in 200 people. They are painful, medically incurable diseases that attack the digestive system. Crohn's disease may attack anywhere along the digestive tract, 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 numerous hospitalizations and surgery. Most people develop the diseases between the ages of 15 and 35; however the incidence is increasing in children.

About the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America

The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) is the largest non-profit, voluntary, health organization dedicated to finding cures for inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD). CCFA’s mission is to cure Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, and to improve the quality of life of children and adults who suffer from these diseases. The Foundation works to fulfill its mission by funding research; providing educational resources for patients and their families, medical professionals, and the public; and furnishing supportive services for those afflicted with IBD. For more information visit www.crohnscolitisfoundation.org, call 888-694-8872, or email info@ccfa.org. 


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 80 cents of every dollar the Foundation spends going to mission-critical programs. The Foundation consistently meets the standards of organizations that monitor charities, including the Better Business Bureau's Wise Giving Alliance (give.org) and the American Institute of Philanthropy (charitywatch.org).