The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America Named National Charity Beneficiary of the Lady Speed Stick® Women’s Half Marathon-Nashville



April 2, 2012

NASHVILLE, TENN.The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America has signed on as the National Beneficiary of the Lady Speed Stick® Women’s Half Marathon presented by Publix held in Nashville, Tennessee on Saturday, September 22, 2012. The event draws women from all over the country and boasts a one-of-a-kind patent-pending finisher’s medal with removable charm, a designer goodie bag and an incredible two-day health and fitness expo.

“We are delighted to be bringing  Team Challenge, our endurance training program, to Nashville,” said Richard Geswell, President of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America. “One of the most important parts of  the Team Challenge program is that our participants have a great race experience  which we know Women’s Running will provide.  This event is a welcomed addition to our event portfolio.”

The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) is the leading organization dedicated to finding cures for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Crohn’s and colitis are debilitating medically incurable digestive diseases that affect 1 in 200 Americans, including 150,000 children nationwide.

Through CCFA’s Team Challenge endurance training and fundraising program, participants can train for the Lady Speed Stick® Women’s Half Marathon while helping find a cure for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Members of the Team Challenge program will receive 14 weeks of custom training by professional coaches and help raise critical dollars for breakthrough research, public and professional education, and patient support services in communities across the nation, helping patients to live more fulfilling lives.

“We are honored to partner with the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America for our Nashville event,” said Dawna Stone, Lady Speed Stick® Women’s Half Marathon president and founder. “Together I believe we can build crucial awareness about these diseases and change lives by raising funds through the Team Challenge program.”

The Lady Speed Stick® Women’s Half Marathon presented by Publix to benefit the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America will start and finish in the heart of downtown Nashville. The scenic, walker-friendly course allows runners and walkers to experience Music City at its finest including the Country Music Hall of Fame, Music Row, Centennial Park and great Nashville neighborhoods.

More than 5,000 women are expected to register for this year’s event and more than 15,000 are anticipated to join in on all the weekend festivities. To find out more about the Lady Speed Stick® Women’s Half Marathon, the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America and/or the Team Challenge program, please visit www.womenshalfmarathon.com/nashville.

About Lady Speed Stick® Women’s Half Marathon Series:

The Lady Speed Stick® Women’s Half Marathon Series is the nation’s largest women’s half marathon series. Four 2012 events in Bloomington, Minn. (Aug. 26), Nashville, Tenn. (Sept. 22), Scottsdale/Tempe, Ariz. (Nov. 4), and St. Petersburg, Fla. (Nov. 18) are expected to host over 20,000 total participants. The series is directed by Dave McGillivray, B.A.A Boston Marathon race director, and his DMSE Sports company. All events in the series begin with a two-day health and fitness expo and finish with an outdoor party complete with food, music and white linen tablecloths. Each event also includes a 5k run/walk. For more information, please visit womenshalfmarathon.com or facebook.com/womenshalfmarathon.


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).