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2nd Annual Gluten-Free Virgil Crest 50-Mile Ultra

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2nd Annual Gluten-Free Virgil Crest 50-Mile Ultra

For the second year in a row, I'm testing myself against the Virgil Crest 50-Mile Ultra. It's an ultramarathon-distance trail running race that covers 50 miles with 10,000 feet of vertical gain. That's roughly the equivalent of running back-to-back marathons, off-road, while climbing to the top of the Empire State Building 8 times.

Why am I doing this again? Simple: to support the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness. 

In January 2007 I was diagnosed with celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder that affects an estimated 3 millions Americans (about 1% of the US population). For me, it was a life-changing diagnosis. After several years of growing sicker with worsening symptoms, I was switched to a lifelong gluten-free diet, currently the only treatment for celiac disease. The improvement in my health was nothing short of remarkable.

Unfortunately, many people with celiac disease and other gluten-related conditions (including gluten intolerance and wheat allergy) haven't had that same success story. They are undiagnosed or misdiagnosed, and as a result, they face a spectrum of serious potential health complications - malnutrition, fatigue, diarrhea, osteoporosis, heightened risk for certain cancers, and in extreme cases, even death.

That's why the NFCA is so important. The organization's work for the gluten-free community, including outreach to medical care providers and restaurants, raises awareness, increases rates of diagnosis, and ultimately improves - and saves - lives.

Please help me support this great organization and worthy cause. Maybe you're gluten-free. Maybe you know someone who is - a family member, friend, or coworker. Together, we can make a difference. Thank you!


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Andy & Traci Hoop
Free Range Cookies hope you're feeling 100% soon!
Robin Gage Thanks and Good Luck!
Kimberly Bouldin Wishing you the best!
The Esposito Family Go get em Pete!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
sally cooper
Mary A For my daughter and those looking for a remedy.
Shirley Braden Thanks for all you do for awareness, Pete!
Roger A For my daughter, Josie.
WaterDog We need Physician education--Thanks Peter!
Anonymous Hope this helps restaurants offer GF options!
Tanya, fellow Celiac and measly mileage runner Run, Pete, Run!
Christine A. Go Pete! Such a great cause!!
Susan Go Pete!!
Elsa Carlisle Happy Celiac Awareness Day!
Bard's Tale Beer Company Always happy to support the NFCA / mission.
Rudi's Gluten-Free Bakery Good luck!
New Planet Beer Company Toasting Off Grid Pale Ale on your finish!
The Locke Family May your course have a strong tailwind. Good Luck!
Rob Harris Run Peter, RUN!
Carol Fenster Good luck!
Linda Good luck! Thanks from a fellow celiac!
Nancy M. Best wishes.
Lorraine all the best!
Team Gilbertson Kill the Hills ! Wind (Rivers) at your back !
Carol Thanks for the inspiration!
Blumenfeld Family This is so great, good luck!
Anonymous from a blog reader
Romero Family Go...Uncle Pete...Go!
Ashlee Lougheed Good Luck!
Laura Russell So inspirational, Pete! Good luck.
Bakery On Main Good Luck Pete! We hope you exceed your goal!
The Gluten Free Bistro
John Pete, you best be singing the entire time.
why run again Don't forget the trekking poles
Brian & Aimee Very impressive Pete - good luck!
Hardgrove Good luck man!!!
Mike Schubert ahh doooomka!
M. Townsend Keep up the good work.
Barbara Porzio thanks so much for all you do to spread awareness!
Erica Bryniczka 50 miles? That's incredible! Good luck!
Georgann Bronski Education is the gift that keeps giving.

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