Aug. 02, 2013

PRESS RELEASE: Lupus WolfRide GranFondo is New and Improved! Help Us Tame the Wolf!

For Immediate Release:
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Contact: Beka Rich, Lupus Foundation of America, (314) 644-2222, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) 

"Each mile, each drop of sweat, each turn of the wheels, makes a difference in the lives of those battling lupus" – Becky Humes, Lupus Survivor

St. Louis, MO –This year’s Lupus WolfRide GranFondo is set to take place Saturday, August 3rd in Bolm-Schuhkraft Park, Columbia, Illinois. The annual bike race is a fundraising event with proceeds benefitting the Lupus Foundation of America, Heartland Chapter.

This year’s WolfRide is new and improved. For the first time it will be chip timed by Big River Race Management, sponsored by Keystone IT Consulting. This will improve the safety and reliability of the timing. Moreover, family and friends can follow cyclists’ progress along the route via social media sites, like Facebook.

The WolfRide GranFondo is a family friendly event. We encourage people of all ages and fitness levels to participate.  In addition to the usual Iron Man distances (56 miles and 112 miles), this year the Lupus WoldRide GranFondo is introducing a 21 mile route, called the WolfPup.

The Lupus Foundation of America, Heartland Chapter is proud to acknowledge the approximately 120 cyclists who participated in last year’s Lupus WolfRide GranFondo raising nearly $30,000. A great way to celebrate the success this year is to double those numbers as we fight for the more than 1.5 million Americans and 50,000 Heartland Chapter citizens living with lupus.  To registration and event details please visit

The Lupus Foundation of America, Heartland Chapter would like to thank Civitas Real Estate Services, Keystone IT Consulting, and Big Shark Bicycle Co for sponsoring this year’s Lupus WolfRide GranFondo.

About Lupus
Lupus is one of the cruelest most mysterious diseases on earth – an unpredictable and misunderstood autoimmune disease that ravages different parts of the body. It is difficult to diagnose, hard to live with, and a challenge to treat. This terrible disease afflicts an estimated 1.5 million Americans.

About the Lupus Foundation of America, Heartland Chapter
The Lupus Foundation of America, Heartland Chapter envisions a world without lupus. The organization is committed to improving the quality of life for all people affected by lupus through programs of research, education, and advocacy. Help us solve the cruel mystery.