About SBC 5Ks

Step Beyond Celiac 5Ks are fun events for the entire family!

In 2019, Step Beyond Celiac 5ks were held in three cities across the US. In 2020, we’re expanding to even more locations! 

Step Beyond Celiac 5Ks raise funds to support the Beyond Celiac research efforts and help the organization develop a global patient registry of people diagnosed with celiac disease who want to participate in research studies, including clinical trials.

Driven by volunteers, Step Beyond Celiac launched in Kansas City in 2017 to great success! Following a second successful Kansas City event in 2018, Beyond Celiac launched additional races in Philadelphia and Dallas in 2019. 

In 2019 together we:

  • hosted over 2000 SBC5K participants in 3 cities
  • raised over $80,000 for celiac disease research
  • welcomed 200+ volunteers who came together to support our community and each other
  • brought together dozens of local restaurants and bakeries as vendors at our events, all safely gluten-free 
  • filled goodie bags for every participant with over 20 gluten-free treats and coupons to help keep them safe beyond race day

Most of the success of the Step Beyond Celiac events can be attributed to outstanding volunteer contributions of time and effort, and Beyond Celiac is extremely grateful. We are thrilled to announce two more locations for 2020. 

Questions? Reach out at step@beyondceliac.org.

Vision Statement

A world in which people with celiac disease can live healthy lives, free from social stigma and fear of gluten exposure – A world Beyond Celiac.

Mission Statement

Beyond Celiac unites with patients and partners to drive diagnosis, advance research and accelerate the discovery of new treatments and a cure.

Potential Impact for Autoimmune Diseases

Finding treatment options and ultimately curing celiac disease will advance research for other autoimmune diseases.1

The Future of Celiac Disease

  • Celiac disease is widely recognized as a serious, common, genetic autoimmune disease

  • People with celiac disease symptoms, and family members who are genetically at risk, are highly motivated to seek testing and diagnosis from medical professionals

  • Medical professionals readily identify symptoms and provide timely and comprehensive diagnosis so that people no longer have to suffer with known and unknown symptoms and hidden consequences of celiac disease

  • Medical care treatments are readily available that ensure there are no negative health or lifestyle consequences of being diagnosed with celiac disease

  • Insurers, including governments, recognize the benefit of medically treating and, eventually, curing celiac disease and provide coverage to make effective medical treatment affordable for everyone

  • Access to appropriate medical care and the standard of care that people diagnosed with celiac disease receive is consistent regardless of geography, social or economic boundaries

  • People with celiac disease are receptive to taking new treatments and living a “normal” life, free from the fear of food

  • Curing celiac disease provides a gateway to curing other autoimmune diseases

  • Beyond Celiac is the recognized conduit for education, exchange of information and partnerships between key stakeholders: patients, scientists and researchers, medical providers, pharmaceutical, diagnostic and biotech companies, and payers

1Fasano A & Shea-Donohue T. Mechanisms of Disease: the role of intestinal barrier function in the pathogenesis of gastrointestinal autoimmune diseases. Nature Reviews Gastroenterology and Hepatology 2, 416-422 (September 2005) | doi:10.1038/ncpgasthep0259

If you’re interested in volunteering or heading up a new location of Step Beyond Celiac, please contact Suzanne Allaire sallaire@beyondceliac.org

Don’t want to attend a Step Beyond Celiac walk/run but still want to help advance celiac disease research? You can donate to Beyond Celiac directly!


To learn more about Step Beyond Celiac sponsorship opportunities, please contact Suzanne Allaire:



Learn more about Sponsorship Opportunities here.

"Sometimes you have to accept battles to get where you're going in life. I'm not exactly sure where that is, but if these past years are any guide, then I welcome another year! My [struggle with celiac disease] brought me to help create the nation's first Step Beyond Celiac 5K to benefit research towards a cure for celiac disease. This is about friends--new and old--giving back to community, participating in something bigger than yourself and winning....winning in life through a cure. Thanks to all who are making this happen."
Chad Shaffer
Beyond Celiac Board Member &
Co-Chair of Step Beyond Celiac Kansas City


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