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On Saturday, April 21, runners and walkers got on their marks for the 2nd Annual Challenge Failure 5K & 10K Race/Walk in Lodi, California. The goal is to raise money for heart failure research led by John Teerlink, MD, Director of the Heart Failure Program and Clinical Echocardiography Laboratory at SFVAMC.

Last year, NCIRE – The Veterans Health Research Institute began a partnership with Ms. Robin Boriack and her family to raise awareness of heart failure and funds to support heart failure research. Ms. Boriack’s late husband Marc, a US Army Veteran, suffered from heart failure for many years, and passed away in 2010 at the age of 52. Dr. Teerlink was his cardiologist.

For the second year in a row, Ms. Boriack and her family underwrote all expenses associated with the event in order to ensure that 100 percent of race registration fees, sponsorship donations, and pledges will benefit heart failure research.  The inaugural event raised closed to $20,000.  The fundraising goal for this year is $30,000.

Dr. Teerlink, a UCSF Professor of Clinical Medicine, is widely considered a world leader in the field of acute heart failure. Having led and designed a number of clinical trials for potential medications, Dr. Teerlink aims to create new treatments for the disease. According to the American College of Cardiology, heart failure affects about five million Americans and is the leading cause of hospitalization in people over 65.

“NCIRE is extremely honored to support the vital work of Dr. Teerlink and his quest to improve the lives of Veterans and the millions in our communities who suffer from heart disease,” said NCIRE Executive Director Robert E. Obana. “The Challenge Failure Race is very much in the spirit of the research we support at NCIRE – where we are relentlessly searching for new ways to combat this and other serious diseases.”

For additional information, please email the Challenge Failure team at


An International Leader in Heart Failure Research - John Teerlink, MD
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