Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation’s half marathon training, a destination race, a great charity and lots and lots of wine!

Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation’s half marathon training, a destination race, a great charity and lots and lots of wine!

If you're looking for a destination race and a charity to run for then check out  the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation’s half marathon training program, Team Challenge.  Team Challenge trains everyone from couch potatoes to seasoned marathoners to get ready for the Napa to Sonoma Half Marathon on July 15.

The group will be trained by professional coaches for 16-weeks in Chicago while they raise funds for the 1.4 million Americans battling Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, chronic and often debilitating digestive diseases.

Group training begins at the end of March and will take place on the Lakefront Path and in the Chicago area suburbs. Under the guidance of two experienced coaches, participants will have fun while training for the beautiful race in Napa Valley!  That's right, wine and running, then more wine, and it's for charity.   They had me at "wine."

The Monies raised raised will help go toward research, education and support services through the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation. The group will get the ultimate tour of Napa Valley with Team Challenge. Runners and walkers from across the country will start amongst the vineyards in Napa on their way to the finish in front of City Hall in downtown Sonoma. The course runs through the scenic Carneros wine region from Napa to Sonoma culminating at the post-race Wine & Music Festival in this destination event.  Did I mention the wine?

Hear more about how you can make a change, help find cures, and run or walk 13.1 miles. Click here for more information or contact Lauren Kaminsky at

If you want to learn more, the following information meetings will take place in the Chicago area in March(BYOW):

6:00PM Wednesday, March 7, 2012-Naperville Running Company
34 W Jefferson Avenue, Naperville, IL 60540

10:00AM Saturday, March 10, 2012-Whole Foods-Lincoln Park
1550 N. Kingsbury St, Chicago, IL, 60642

6:30PM Tuesday, March 13, 2012-Fleet Feet-Lincoln Square
4762 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60625

6:30PM Wednesday, March 14, 2012-REI-Schaumburg
1209 East Golf Road, Schaumburg, IL 60173

6:00PM Wednesday, March 21, 2012-REI-Lincoln Park
1466 North Halsted Street, Chicago, IL, 60642

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