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3rd Annual Gluten-Free Ultramarathon Challenge

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3rd Annual Gluten-Free Ultramarathon Challenge

For the third 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 yet again? Simple: to support the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness.

In January 2007 I was de facto 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 dramatically sicker, a doctor switched me to a gluten-free diet, and life pulled a 180. Now I'm arguably healthier than I've ever been.

Unfortunately, many people with gluten intolerance, including celiac disease and other gluten-related conditions such as gluten gluten sensitivity 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.

In the first two years of the Gluten-Free Ultramarathon Challenge, together we raised more than $6,500. This year, I want to blow that number out of the water. I'd love to raise more than $5,000, or $100 per mile. At the very least, let's help the 3-year total surpass $10,000!

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. Remember: "gluten-free" is not a fad or a chic diet. For those whose lives are touched by the work of the NFCA, "gluten-free is a lifelong commitment and the difference between health and sickness, between life and death.

Thank you!

- Pete


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Team Gilbertson Salute to Team Bronski shaowing us all the ways of grace in motion
the Gribbles
Katy Cornell
Jayne Koch Good luck! I'll be supporting you from Hawaii (but I am a former Hudson Valley resident who is also GF). Thanks for all you do!
Kathryn P Go Team Bronski!
The Gluten Free Bistro Thank you so much for everything you do! You are a gluten-free rock star!
Wilson Family Good luck in the race!!
GF in Bishop I enjoy your thoughtful blog.
Rudi's Gluten-Free Bakery Thanks for all you do for celiac/gf community!
Manning Family Good luck!
New Planet Beer We'll toast to your finish with an OGPA!
Leta Hall Have a great time!
Shirley Braden Thanks for all you do, Pete! Good luck!
Georgann Bronski Awareness leads to education. A great thing to do!
Laura B. Russell I couldn't run 50 miles in a year. Go Pete!
Linda & Bob Terry Good Luck ~ Go Pete!
Melissa I'll be cheering you on from Colorado!
Bard's Tale Beer Company Thanks for all you do for the g-f community.
Amanda Schaefer I am glad to support Peter in this endeavour.
Carol Seddon Good Luck! You are an inspiration.
Ripped Cream Gluten Free Protein Coffee Creamer Thank you for helping to bring more awareness!! :)
Karla Terry Good luck Pete! You are amazing!
blumenfeld family
Romero Family Good Luck, Uncle Pete!
Dennis and Jacqueline Rounds Way to go, Pete! You can do it!
Lisa Simon Way to go, supporting the NFCA! Good luck!
Robin Hill Good Luck from the team at Wedo Gluten Free!
Peter Bronski Bring on the long-distance trail miles!

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