About Step Beyond Celiac
“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 and cofounder of Step Beyond Celiac
Step Beyond Celiac 5Ks raise funds to support Beyond Celiac research efforts. 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 launched in Kansas City in 2017. Following another 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.
About Beyond Celiac
For more than 15 years, Beyond Celiac has been the leading patient advocacy and research-driven celiac disease organization working to drive diagnosis, advance research and accelerate the discovery of new treatments and a cure. By engaging with the top scientists in the field, awarding research grants, and supporting the community, Beyond Celiac envisions a world in which people with celiac disease can live healthy lives and eat without fear – a world Beyond Celiac. Learn more about how Beyond Celiac is changing the lives of those with celiac disease and review our strategic Science Plan at BeyondCeliac.org.
Can’t attend a Step Beyond Celiac 5K but still want to help advance celiac disease research? You can donate to Beyond Celiac directly here.
If you’re interested in volunteering, heading up a new Step Beyond Celiac location, or in becoming a sponsor of Step Beyond Celiac, please contact our Director of National Programs, Suzanne Allaire, at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also follow along on social media with us on our Instagram and Facebook pages. For questions about Step Beyond Celiac, please email email@example.com or call us at 215-325-1306.