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Team PHenomenal Hope

Welcome to the January Update

2015 was a PHenomenal year for Team PH! Just as our athletes push themselves to improve their time, endurance and strength, our organization wants to do the same with our efforts to raise awareness about Pulmonary Hypertension, as well as funds to research a cure for the disease. So in 2016, watch as we step up our game and work together to reach finish lines that before might have seemed impossible to cross.



Team PHenomenal Hope Gears up for The Pioneer

On Sunday, our racers set off on The Pioneer - seven days of endurance mountain biking through New Zealand's Southern Alps.

Get to know our racing duos

Thea and Kristen
"My goal is to learn more about the struggle people with PH have, to find ways to connect with people who have it and to start a thread of awareness in a place there was not one before." - Thea

Patty and Hap
"Anything to raise awareness of the disease is a plus. Team supporters can spread the word, donate, and get their friends to donate." - Hap

The duos are off to a great start with their fundraising goal of $15,057 (that's $1 for every meter they will climb!), passing 40% Tuesday! Plus now, every $1 donated will be matched by a generous match fund from Reata - so if you haven’t yet, please donate today!


This Year It Gets Personal

Looking back on the first three years of Team PHenomenal Hope, we have seen an evolution of an organization that started with a team of 4 women, racing across the United States, to a team of 14 endurance athletes competing in endurance cycling, running, and Ironman triathlon events.

Read more team news here...


Warrior Bio

This month’s warrior bio features the story of Gary, from Auckland, New Zealand, who was diagnosed with CTEPH in 2010.

"At the time of diagnosis I was told I had about 2-3 years to live. Fortunately that was incorrect, but at the time I was naturally shocked and confused."

Read his story here...

Actelion Pharmaceuticals

In this month's sponsor feature post, we want to welcome Actelion Pharmaceuticals as a presenting sponsor of Team PHenomenal Hope. Actelion is a company passionate about helping people with pulmonary hypertension, through novel therapies as well as raising awareness and their personal involvement in the community. They have long been a sponsor of our team, and we are thankful for their additional generous support of Team PHenomenal Hope, as they have gone the extra mile and joined UPMC and Bayer as a presenting sponsor in 2016.

We are proud to race with Actelion to make a difference in the lives of those with pulmonary hypertension.

Read more about Actelion here...


2016 Schedule of Events

  • January 31-February 6 - The Pioneer New Zealand

  • February 27 - Spring Thaw, Allison Park, PA

  • March 26 - Just a Short Run, Allison Park, PA

  • April 10 - PHenomenal Hope 5K, Pittsburgh, PA

  • May 1 - Pittsburgh Marathon, Pittsburgh, PA
    Race with Team PH in the Pittsburgh Marathon! This year we are an official charity with the Pittsburgh Marathon, which means you can race with us in Pittsburgh’s biggest race on May 1! When you register through the Pittsburgh Marathon make sure you select Team PHenomenal Hope as your run for a reason charity! Together we will race to make a difference!