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Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation
Team Challenge - Nashville Half Marathon, Marathon and 5KFAQs

Registration

Q: How many entries does Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation and Team Challenge have for the Nashville Half Marathon, Marathon and 5K?
A: There are an unlimited number of entries available for all three distances of this event. After the first 8-weeks, participants will have the ability to either recommit or drop from the program. We call this our recommitment period. At that time, teammates who recommit are required to fulfill their fundraising commitment of $2,000 by October 18, 2023.

Q: Why am I required to give credit card information at recommitment?
A: In the unlikely event that you do not reach your fundraising commitment of $2,000 by the deadline (October 18, 2023), your credit card on file will be charged the difference. Don’t worry — our team will be there every step of the way to help you reach and exceed your goal!

Q: Is there a registration fee?
A: Yes, all participants must pay a $15 registration fee at the time of their registration. 

Q: I have my own entry into the Nashville Half Marathon, Marathon and 5K. Can I still be a part of Team Challenge?
A: Absolutely! We'd love for you to join Team Challenge. All teammates who fundraise $2,000 or more with Team Challenge receive a host of benefits and perks during training and event weekend. For this reason, we ask that anyone who would like to join Team Challenge, but has already registered with their own entry to the Nashville Half Marathon, Marathon and 5K, to re-register as a member of Team Challenge. Once the $2,000 fundraising commitment has been reached, participants will be eligible for reimbursement of the expense incurred when initially registering on their own. Please contact Amanda Lippert for more information.

Q: What if I register and then can no longer participate?
A: Registered participants will receive an 8-week training guide and access to our coaches, bi-weekly team calls, and more. After the first 8-weeks, participants will have the ability to either recommit or drop from the program. Teammates who complete the recommitment paperwork (regardless of their ability to ride on race day) must fulfill their fundraising commitment of $2,000 by October 18, 2023. Please understand we need this assurance to continue incurring program costs and securing event weekend activity details on your behalf. If you feel uncertain about meeting your fundraising commitment, please connect with your team manager, Amanda Lippert, to evaluate your fundraising progress and get help in developing a successful course of action. We know that it is possible to raise the funds and we are here to help you reach your goal!


Nashville Half Marathon, Marathon and 5K

Q: When is the 2023 Nashville Half Marathon, Marathon and 5K?
A: The 2023 Nashville Half Marathon, Marathon and 5K will take place on October 28, 2023. 

Q: What can I expect at the Nashville Half Marathon, Marathon and 5K?
A: The Nashville Half Marathon, Marathon and 5K takes you through some of Nashville's most famous and iconic scenery. Starting at the historic Music Row, you'll then catch sweeping views of the Honky Tonk Highway as you pass through the urban sights of Downtown Nashville before heading to Nissan Stadium, home of the Tennessee Titans. The Gulch, East Nashville, and other lively neighborhoods will cheer you on with full support. You will be proud, energized, and fully “Nashville-ized” as you finish the course.

Q: How do I find more information about the Nashville Half Marathon, Marathon and 5K?
A: For more race day information, please visit the Nashville Half Marathon, Marathon and 5K website.


Fundraising

Q: Is there a fundraising commitment?
A: Yes, all Team Challenge participants are required to raise funds and reach their fundraising minimum once they recommit after the first 8 weeks of the season. Fundraising commitments vary and are based on the event in which you are participating. To participate in the Nashville Half Marathon, Marathon and 5K, you commit to raising $2,000. But not to worry, our team is there to help you reach your goals!

Q: When is the fundraising deadline?
A: To help keep you on track, there are two fundraising deadlines in your Nashville Half Marathon, Marathon and 5K journey. The first milestone is our recommitment period, which is halfway through the season (8 weeks). By this point, we recommend that you are at least a quarter of the way to your fundraising commitment. Participants will have the ability to fully commit to the fundraising minimum and deadline at that time, or drop from the program. The second milestone and final fundraising deadline is 10 days before your race date, October 18, 2023.

Q: I’m registered for the event but am no longer able to participate. Do I still need to raise funds?
A: Once you have signed the Team Challenge recommitment paperwork (8 weeks through the season), you are officially committed to fundraising on behalf of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation. Due to the expenses incurred for teammates, and to ensure that a majority of the funds raised go towards the foundation’s mission, we do not allow drops from the program after that time. The fundraising minimums are set based on the program expenses to ensure that we keep our costs at no more than 25% of the funds raised.  Thus, your commitment is extremely important, maintaining the credibility of the fundraising program to all of our donors. Recommitted participants, regardless of their ability to run/walk on race day, must fulfill their fundraising commitment.

Q: How do I raise money?
A: Once you register, you'll receive access to your fundraising dashboard and a link to your personal fundraising page, where you can create customized content, send emails, connect your fundraising page to a Facebook fundraiser and more. Plus, our extraordinary team will be there with you to help guide your fundraising and training every step of the way!

Q: To whom do I make checks payable and where do I mail it to?
A: Please make checks payable to Crohn's & Colitis Foundation. Read our offline donation form for more information.

Q: How do I ensure check donations are allocated toward my goal?
A: Please ensure that your name is on the check memo line of the donation before mailing it and accompanying any check donations with this offline donation form.

Q: Where does the money I raise go?
A: The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation is dedicated to finding cures for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis and improving the quality of life for people with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). More than 10 million people worldwide are affected by these diseases — when you hit the streets of Nashville, you’ll be running/walking for them.


Perks

Q: What perks does Team Challenge offer?
A: When you join the Team Challenge family, you’ll receive your Team Challenge T-shirt or singlet, race entry to the Nashville Half Marathon, Marathon and 5K, and a discounted hotel rate local to the race destination. Also included are bi-weekly team calls with your coaches, managers, and other teammates, professional coaching, a 16-week training guide and fundraising resources. In addition, you can look forward to a fun race weekend with a happy hour meet-and-greet on Friday evening, a final team shakeout run/walk, brunch reception and a post-race celebration! 

Q: How can I connect with other Team Challenge coaches and members of the Team Challenge family?
A: When you join the Team Challenge family, you’ll gain access to our Strava Club and Facebook Group! Additionally, you’ll be able to connect with teammates on our bi-weekly team calls.


Training

Q: Does Team Challenge provide training support?
A: Yes! Coaching and training support will be offered to all registered participants. For the Nashville Half Marathon, Marathon and 5K, there is a 16-week training plan available.

Q: Is there an additional cost for training?
A: No. Your $15 registration fee helps cover the cost associated with the coaching and training plans.


Contact Us

Q: Questions?
A: Please contact Amanda Lippert at alippert@crohnscolitisfoundation.org or call her at (646) 734-0875.

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