It’s Las Vegas Or Bust For Inspired Charity Team

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Nov. 29, 2011
  • Updated Sep. 12, 2012 at 12:55 PM UTC
Three of the Team Challenge members prepare for the half marathon this weekend. Photo: APP

Forty runners to raise awareness for Crohn’s Disease.

Three of the Team Challenge members prepare for the half marathon this weekend. Photo: APP

Ten years ago, after watching the memorable ING New York City Marathon, New Jersey runner Todd Katz got inspired. A father of four, Katz bought a treadmill, running shoes, and a training book. His goal: run his first marathon in a year.

He did just that–and more.

Katz has now completed six marathons. Were he a completely healthy runner, Katz’s feats would be impressive in their own right. However, there’s a wrinkle to this story: Katz suffers from ulcerative colitis, known as Crohn’s Disease, a condition that affects the small intestine and results in stomach aches, weight loss, diarrhea, bloody stool, joint pain, and fever.

There are many support groups for those with Crohn’s, but perhaps the one best tailored for runners like Katz is Team Challenge, a division of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA). This weekend, 40 members of Team Challenge will be taking to the streets of Las Vegas in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Half Marathon.

“Not everyone in the group is affected by the disease, and our runners and walkers range from total beginners to advanced marathoners, but all are motivated by a desire to do something for a cause and to make a difference in their own or other people’s lives,” says Ashley Chandler, the Manalapan (New Jersey)-based Team Challenge endurance manager.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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