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2016 TCS NYC Marathon


November 6, 2016


This year’s TCS NYC Marathon will take place November 6, 2016. We invite you to run with us! Team Gluten-Free runners from across the country will travel to New York to run the 26.2 miles together with one common goal: to increase the rate of diagnosis of celiac disease!

Meet the Team

PictureforCDF-LisaAgdernLisa Agdern
Lisa Agdern is an avid runner and mother of two children with Celiac Disease.   She lives in Chappaqua, NY with her husband Jeff, daughter Sarah (10) and son Bryan (8).  As a senior at Tufts University in 1997, Lisa ran the Boston Marathon.  Now, as a native New Yorker, she is thrilled to be able to run the 2016 TCS NYC Marathon to raise money for a cause that is near and dear to her heart.   Sarah was diagnosed with Celiac Disease at age 4 in 2010 and Bryan was diagnosed a few months later at the age of 2.  Lisa and her family have been living with Celiac Disease for many years and despite the daily challenges of being strictly gluten-free, Sarah and Bryan are both doing great.  They are involved in sports, music, Girl Scouts, and love spending time with family and friends.   When Lisa is not taking care of her children, she enjoys running, playing tennis, reading and volunteering in the school and community.  Visit Lisa’s Fundraising Page Here

Caitlin Kenneally

Caitlin Kenneally
My name is Caitlin Kenneally, and I love to travel, explore new hot spots in various cities, hit the gym, spend time with family and friends, and kick it gfree style! I graduated with a Bachelor’s in Finance from URI in 2012, started a career in finance, and then decided to become a recruiter. Over the last 3 years in recruitment I have recruited for all industries across North America, and I absolutely love it. I was diagnosed with Celiac in 2012, which was a huge blow to my Italian appetite, but didn’t let it get me down. I wrote an article on the misconceptions of being gluten free in 2015 that you can see below. Please join me in fundraising for a cause that matters to not only me, my family and my peers, but 1.8 million other diagnosed Americans. I’m running because I can, because it’s my goal to complete a marathon, and because I care!      Visit Caitlin’s Fundraising Page Here

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Kate Gottsch
I live in Minneapolis, MN with my husband, Rob and 2 kids, Liam (8) and Harper (3). I work as a Health Systems Manager for Janssen Biotech (Johnson and Johnson).   I represent a product portfolio of therapies for the treatment of autoimmune disorders.I am running this race for my sister, Cecily, who was diagnosed with Celiac and a wheat allergy a few years ago.  Cecily’s journey has been long and challenging.  Her diagnosis was the beginning of a new life filled with hope and sacrifice.  I am so proud of her courage and tenacity. I run for Cecily and others like her who aim to find health and wellness living with Celiac Disease. I’m excited to help in the effort to better educate others on what it means to be gluten free. Visit Kate’s Fundraising Page Here

Patrick Kane

Patrick Kane
At 15 months old, my daughter Riley was diagnosed with Celiac Disease.  In the months before her 2013 endoscopy and diagnosis things had gotten bad with Riley’s health.  She was very sick.  After a few doctors we took her to a GI Specialist at Cohen’s Children’s Hospital who diagnosed her. My wife and I were relieved to have finally figured out the causes of her many symptoms.  After a week of going gluten-free, Riley was improving, gaining weight and seemed more attentive.  Going Gluten Free saved our daughters life. In early 2014, our daughter Maggie was diagnosed.   We were shocked and saddened by the news but we were better prepared for her diagnosis.  Our household had changed forever.  My wife and I were determined to do whatever was needed to keep our children healthy and thriving. Fast forward 2 years and our 4 year old and 6 year old are doing well.  Riley is still overcoming obstacles from her early severe illness that occurred during such an important time in her developmental stages.  Riley fights hard each day to “catch up” on her overall health and academic milestones. We feel honored to be a part of Team Gluten Free.    Team Gluten Free saves lives and helps individuals and families tackle the most important game of their lives, the game of “health and wellbeing”. Visit Patrick’s Fundraising Page Here 


Caitlin Westerfield
My name is Caitlin Westerfield and I am a freshman at Yale University. In October of 2012, my cross country team volunteered at mile 16 of the Chicago Marathon, handing out gatorade to the runners. By the end of the day, I decided that the fall of my freshman year of college I would run a marathon. Four years later, I am psyched to be able to complete that goal. I am also excited to run on Team Gluten-Free. In January of 2015, my younger sister was diagnosed with Celiac Disease. By running this race, I hope to promote an organization that labors every day to improve her life and the lives of millions of others around the globe. Visit Caitlin’s Fundraising Page Here


Get Started!

  1. Commit to raise a minimum of $3,500 for Team Gluten-Free
  2. Claim your bib and register for the Los Angeles Marathon as an invited member of Celiac Disease Foundation Team Gluten-Free
  3. START FUNDRAISING – we help you set up your own fundraising page

To claim your bib, email [email protected]
Already have a guaranteed entry? You can still run as a TGF Member! Email [email protected] to learn how!

The money raised by Team Gluten-Free participants funds Celiac Disease Foundation’s education, advocacy and research programs.  On Your Mark, Get Set, GO!