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Inaugural 13.1 Marathon Boston to Benefit Crohn's & Colitis Foundation: Summer 2010 Race to Raise Awareness & Funds for Digestive Diseases
Date:1/8/2010

The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation and US Road Sports & Entertainment Group today announced that the inaugural 13.1 Marathon® Boston taking place in summer 2010 will benefit the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation. The funds raised through the Foundation’s half marathon training program, Team Challenge, will support research, education, and support initiatives for the 1.4 million Americans living with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, chronic and often debilitating digestive diseases. Runners and walkers interested in taking part in the Boston event can visit www.ccteamchallenge.org or call 866.931.2611 to find a local training group.

Boston, MA (Vocus) January 7, 2010 -- The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation and US Road Sports & Entertainment Group today announced that the inaugural 13.1 Marathon® Boston taking place on June 27, 2010 will benefit the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation. The funds raised through the Foundation’s half marathon training program, Team Challenge, will support research, education, and support initiatives for the 1.4 million Americans living with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, chronic and often debilitating digestive diseases. Runners and walkers interested in taking part in the Boston event can visit www.ccteamchallenge.org or call 866.931.2611 to find a local training group.

"We are pleased that through its Team Challenge program, the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation is partnering with US Road Sports & Entertainment Group for this inaugural event," said Greg Laird, Founder and Manager Partner. "We look forward to helping the Foundation achieve its fundraising goals, while raising awareness of these painful and unpredictable diseases.”

Team Challenge prepares participants to run or walk a half marathon while helping to raise funds to find a cure for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Seventeen chapters throughout the nation will recruit runners and walkers, provide 16 week training programs, and offer fundraising advice and assistance for this race. The group will then travel as a team to participate in an unforgettable race weekend in Boston. Over the event weekend in Boston, Team Challenge participants will celebrate together and have free time to explore all Boston has to offer with highlights including a pre-race pasta party, entertainment along the half marathon course, and a post-race victory party.

"We are confident that this partnership will further elevate awareness of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis and raise much-needed funds for patients who are suffering from them," said Staci Brown, National Event Director for the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation. "With over 1.4 million Americans living with the chronic and debilitating pain of Crohn's and colitis, involvement with this new and exciting event will allow the Foundation to break new ground in its awareness-building and fundraising efforts."

Boston is one of eight planned stops on the 2010 schedule for the 13.1 Marathon® Series. The Team Challenge event has already become one of the most anticipated races within the 13.1 Marathon® Series as runners from throughout the country will come to Boston and support a great cause. Other cities on the 2010 calendar include Los Angeles, Miami each, New York City, Chicago, Minneapolis, Atlanta and Dallas.

About Crohn's Disease & Ulcerative Colitis
Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis are painful, medically incurable illnesses that attack the digestive system. Crohn's disease may attack anywhere from the mouth to the anus, 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 hospitalization and surgery. These illnesses can cause severe complications, including colon cancer in patients with long-term disease. Some 1.4 million American adults and children suffer from Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis, with as many as 150,000 under the age of 18. Most people develop the diseases between the ages of 15 and 35.

About the 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 81 cents of every dollar the Foundation spends goes 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). For more information, contact the Foundation at 800-932-2423 or visit www.ccfa.org. Join CCFA on Facebook at http://apps.facebook.com/supportccfa/ and follow CCFA on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ccfa.

About US Road Sports and Entertainment Group
US Road Sports & Entertainment Group is a health and wellness company dedicated to the production of world-class endurance events. The mission of US Road Sports is to offer an unparalleled participant sports experience that showcases host communities and endures as a deeply valued local asset through events that are a part of the city’s culture, identity and brand. For each participant, US Road Sports strives to offer events that allow participants of all skill levels the opportunity to improve their physical and mental health and accomplish life-altering goals while having fun. US Road Sports provides sponsors and municipalities highly effective exposure to help maximize their presence and message in the community. Fields will be limited to enable novice walkers and runners a less intimidating race experience compared to events with over 10,000 racers. For marathoners and half-marathoners, 13.1™ will offer the perfect weekend long run on a closed course fully supported with aid stations, spectators and everything a runner would want as part of a fun race experience.

Media Contacts:
Ariella Levine
Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America
646-943-7430
alevine(at)ccfa(dot)org

Jim Delaney
Activate Sports & Entertainment, LLC.
617-851-6011
jdelaney(at)activatesports(dot)com

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