Guts & Glory

We all got guts, just some people’s guts are defective!

“If you run, you are a runner. It doesn’t matter how fast or how far. It doesn’t matter if today is your first day or if you’ve been running for twenty years. There is no test to pass, no license to earn, no membership card to get. You just run.” Join us on this virtual fun run!   -John Bingham

Help those living with Crohn’s and colitis by showing you’ve got the guts and glory to raise money for research to help cure these digestive disorders by participating in the Guts & Glory Virtual Run. All proceeds from this run/walk will benefit Team Challenge, the endurance training program of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America.

SO WHAT EXACTLY IS A VIRTUAL RUN, ANYWAY?
Ok, so here’s the deal. A virtual run is a race just like any other, except there’s no official race location. You register for the race and then you run during the designated race period: when you want, where you want; and then just submit the results when you’re done (on the convenient online form that I’ll send out). All the results will be complied and sent out to all participants after the race is over. Any pictures or stories to accompany your official time are encouraged as well!

WHEN IS IT?:
The official race is Saturday, November 1 thru Sunday, November 30.

WHAT DO I DO?:
In order to participate, all you need to do is register for the race, run it at any point during the month of November, and then submit your results. (Along with any pictures or stories about the experience you’d like to share)

WHAT DO I GET/ WHAT’S IN IT FOR ME?:
Every race participant gets an official Guts & Glory finisher’s medal. That, plus the satisfaction of knowing that the vast majority of your entry fee is being donated directly to Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America to help those with the disease; so all your sweat and effort is not only doing you good, but others as well.

IS THAT ALL?:
No it’s not! All entries will be entered into a random drawing to win some pretty awesome prizes! See the complete list of giveaways below (Adding Soon).

SO HOW MUCH DOES THIS COST?
All this for the low low price of $25.00!

HOW DO I SIGN UP?:
All you need to do is click on the “Register Now” button at the top. It links directly to Paypal, to guarantee that the transaction is safe and secure for you.

WHAT IF I CAN’T RUN, BUT WANT TO DONATE ANYWAY?
Well thank you! And there is a button for that too! If you want to donate but not run in the race, please click on the “Donate Now” button below. It will take you to a PayPal screen that will allow you to choose the amount you would like to donate and allow you to do it safely.

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WHAT IS THIS FOR, ANYWAY?:

All monetary profits from this race will be donated directly to the Crohn’s  & Colitis Foundation of America through their endurance training program, Team Challenge. See below for a more detailed explanation of what’s going on here…

This race is going to be used as a fundraiser for The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America by Team Challenge. Team Challenge is an endurance training and fundraising program.  Participants can choose to participate in half marathons or triathlons. This November, Team Challenge Denver will be heading to Las Vegas to Rock the Strip while bringing awareness and raising funds.

We are a team of 68 runners and counting, who all signed up to run the Las Vegas Rock’n’Roll Half Marathon on November 16, 2014 . This race is one of the largest half marathon races in the country. Rather than just register for the race and run it, we all chose to use this opportunity to link up with Team Challenge to bring awareness and fundraise for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America(The official charity partner of the race). We have set an initial team goal of $130,000 to be raised between the group of us running. We want to challenge ourselves by running the race, and also to give back at the same time. We are dedicated to meeting -and with any luck-, far surpassing our initial goal of funds to be donated to this worthwhile cause.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with what Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis are, they are painful, seldom discussed and often isolating digestive diseases. Over 1.4 million Americans, including thousands of children have received this life-changing diagnosis. CCFA raises 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.

To further prove my point about getting on board with the charitable efforts, we have also partnered with Charity Miles.

Let me explain. Charity Miles is a free iPhone/android smartphone app that uses your phone’s gps to track your run/walk/bike ride. This NYC based company (Charity Miles) is dedicated to raising money to be donated to charity, at the rate of $0.25/ mile run (or walked) They have secured corporate partners who are willing to donate money to any one of a multitude of “approved charities’ (identified in the app) based on the amount of miles run/walked/biked. They designed the app specifically to track everything and keep it all legit. I discovered them about a year ago and have been using the app ever since. I love it and the fact that A.) it does not cost me anything to use it and B.) even though it’s free, it still puts me in a position to raise funds for charity and make a difference. I love donating other people’s money.(ha) I know I don’t give it full justice, but suffice it to say this is a way to leverage the running you will be out there doing anyway to generate some funds and make a real impact. You can find their main website HERE. We are strongly encouraging all of Guts & Glory Virtual Run participants to use it while they run the race.

I hope you consider running with us for this Virtual Run.

Feel free to contact me with any questions: crushincrohns@gmail.com

Here are the companies providing giveaways we have thus far (I’m working hard to add some more as we speak, as more get added I’ll post them up here):

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