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Team Make Your Mark

Race to End Lupus

Run, Walk, Bike or Swim with Team Make Your Mark™ and Make Your Miles Matter in the fight to end lupus.

Virtual 6 Challenge

It takes an average of 6 years for someone to receive a correct diagnosis of lupus from when they first notice symptoms. Together, we can take steps to change this. Help us reduce the time to diagnosis by raising awareness and funds for critical research and joining us for the Team Make Your Mark Virtual 6 Challenge, 6 days to complete 6 miles, however and wherever you choose.

In 2020, 500 challengers came together to Make Their Miles Matter and raised $70,000 for lupus research, support and education.

2021 Dates Coming Soon!

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Make Your Miles Matter To Help End Lupus

Whether you run, walk, bike or swim you can your make miles matter in the fight to end lupus. Lupus Foundation of America’s endurance program, Team Make Your Mark™ is a way for novice or experienced athletes to combine running, walking or triathlon events with fundraising to support lupus research and education programs. By joining Team Make Your Mark, you gain access to professional coaching, team gear, and everything you need to cross the finish line.

Whatever your distance, your miles are about so much more. They are about coming together as a community and giving a voice to the millions who suffer from the brutal impact of this disease. You can help us put an end to lupus.

Why should I join?

Whether you have experience with endurance events or are looking to start and push yourself to something greater, you can combine this with helping those with lupus.

The one thing that we hear from our participants is how rewarding being a part of Team Make Your Mark is. From the Team Event pre-race dinners and tributes to the post-race euphoria, Team Make Your Mark is a way to take an event that could simply be your participation or a way to make a personal goal into a reality and to turn it into something personal, charitable, and greater than yourself.

How It Works

Ready to go? Here are the steps you need to take.

Step one: Register

Pick a race and make it official by filling out the registration form. We'll be in touch!

Step two: Train

Get physically ready for your race. We'll coach you!

Step three: Fundraise

Reach out to your friends, family, and colleagues to have them donate funds for your race to get you to your fundraising goal.

Step four: Race!

It's race day! Complete your event for your loved ones, for those who fundraised, and for yourself.

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Team Make Your Mark™

Be a part of Team Make Your Mark at one of of our Official Team Events or sign up for a Race of Your Choice. You Choose the Distance. You Choose the Location. You choose how to Make Your Miles Matter in the fight against lupus.

What are the requirements?

Team Make Your Mark is for endurance races and longer athletic challenges, so you should be able to put the time and effort into the training necessary.  We have the coaches for you!

All registrants for Team Make Your Mark are required to raise a fundraising minimum. The current minimums are $500 for 5K team events, $500 for Choose Your Own races, $750 for 7.6K or 10K team events; and $1250 for half marathon or marathon team events.

How is Team Make Your Mark different than Make Your Mark?

Make Your Mark is a way to fundraise in any possible; everything from bake sales to fashion shows to hikes. Team Make Your Mark is specifically for fundraising through 5K, 10K, half marathons, marathons, triathlons and cycling races.

Have more questions?

We'd love to talk to you about how you can take the next step. Send an email to Stacey Clark at and let us know how we can help get you started.

Kristina Hamilton
I thought about the Lupus Foundation of America almost every time I ran. Even if I was really tired, there would be times when it was almost 90 degrees outside and I'm sitting under a tree during my run relaxing, and I'm like, ‘All right, keep going. You're doing this for a bigger cause.
Kristina Hamilton
Team Make Your Mark athlete