Thursday, March 18, 2010

Odds + ends for my running friends

The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) is looking for people who are interested in training for the Inaugural 13.1 Marathon in Boston on June 27. The CCFA's mission is to find a cure for Crohn’s disease -- a seldom-discussed, painful and unpredictable disease of the digestive tract -- and a similar disease called ulcerative colitis.

What's being offered: The Foundation will provide participants with professional training and will pay most of the expenses for the participants to travel as a group to the race in Boston, where they'll stay a total of four days and three nights.

What's expected: Each person will raise money for CCFA; the Foundation guarantees that a minimum of 75 percent of all funds will be used to help find a cure for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis -- and to improve the quality of life for people living with the diseases.

Charlotte resident Jordan Sorrells, 28, a Crohn's sufferer himself, is among those already committed to training for the half-marathon in Boston. It will be his second time participating in the training program.

"Having Crohn's disease was depressing," says Sorrells, who was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease when he was 16, in a press release. Crohn's lowers his immune system, causing weight loss, extreme fatigue, and illness. "It affected me emotionally, physically and socially. I felt like I became more and more introverted.

"I knew that thousands of people have been diagnosed, but no one talked about it and it made me feel so alone. ... Today, because of the time people have devoted to raising money for the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation, I am no longer fearful of talking to others about my symptoms and I am about to run my second half marathon." (The photo is of Jordan running the Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas Half Marathon in December.)

Training and fundraising for the Boston race and trip has begun, but it's not too late to join the team. For more info, contact Brittney Leigh daCosta at; call 704-817-7544; or click here.

And we're off to the races ...

In addition to the Shamrock 4 Miler, which I blogged about here, here are two other runs worth considering if you're looking for a last-minute fix this weekend:

  • The inaugural Run the Creek 5K is set for 9 a.m. Saturday, and features a course that traverses the rolling hills of Highland Creek. Proceeds benefit the Garrett's Wings foundation, which supports terminally ill children and their families. At the moment, 280 runners are registered, and T-shirts are only guaranteed to the first 300 who sign up. (So hurry.) Race page is here.
  • The fourth annual Young Life 5K is set for 9 a.m. Sunday, and will take place on the track at Charlotte Motor Speedway (formerly Lowe's Motor Speedway) in Concord. Proceeds will be used to support school scholarships for Young Life summer camp. At the moment, 182 runners are registered. Registration is available here.
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