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Team Make Your Mark Virtual 6 Challenge

June 2025

Join Team Make Your Mark™ and complete 6 miles in 6 days , whether you run, jog, hike, bike, paddle or swim, in any location you choose. 2025 Dates Coming Soon.

Virtual 6 Challenge Conquer Your 6 2022
Team Make Your Mark 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.

Congratulations to the 447 Challengers who joined us for the 2024 Virtual 6 Challenge, logged over 3,000 miles and raised over $63,000 towards lupus research, advocacy, education, care and support services.

We can't wait to do it again in June 2025 - Dates Coming Soon!

How it Works

Step 1: Register and Join the Virtual Team

When you register for the Virtual 6 Challenge, your $36 registration comes with a Virtual 6 Challenge bandana, access to training plans and more. Register early and receive your registration swag by mail to wear for the Virtual 6 Challenge. Upon completion of your 6, all registered challengers will receive a finishers pack: a car magnet, sticker (for your water bottle) keychain and pin.* 

Bonus: If you choose to fundraise and raise $250, earn a Team Make Your Mark race shirt to go along with your registration swag. Raise $250 by May 21st and have your shirt in time for V6 week!

Step 2: Choose Your Training Schedule

Here are some sample training plans to help you get started:

1 Mile Every Day

Build up to 2 Miles/ 3 Days

Challenge Yourself to 6 Miles on Day 6

Step 3: Get Connected and Join us on Strava.

Join the Virtual 6 Challenge group on Strava, the free online fitness tracker app that all Virtual 6 Challengers will be using to track miles and celebrate accomplishments. This is how we will know you completed the challenge!

https://www.strava.com/clubs/virtual6challenge

Step 4: Run, jog, walk, bike, swim, hike, or paddle your Virtual 6 

ANYTIME and ANYWHERE during Virtual 6 Week

WITH YOUR REGISTRATION FEE, ALL REGISTRANTS WILL RECEIVE:

V6 Bandana
Finishers Pack
Downloadable Race Bib

If you choose to fundraise and raise $250 or more, earn the Virtual 6 Challenge moisture wicking-shirt  + additional swag to wear proudly for and after the Virtual 6 Challenge.

*Please note that registration swag and fundraising incentives are subject to change and only available for those in the United States. 

Thank you to our Gold Level Sponsor:

When and where do I complete my Virtual 6 Challenge?

You can run, jog, bike, hike, walk, swim, or paddle your 6 miles anywhere and anytime during Virtual 6 Challenge Week. Choose somewhere that you feel safe like your neighborhood, treadmill, backyard, favorite trail- the options are endless. 

What is the schedule for event week?

Join us for a Virtual Kick Off Ceremony Thursday, June 20th @ 8:15pm ET/ 5:15pm PT. Details to be emailed to all registrants.

How can I fundraise and raise awareness?

When you register, a fundraising page will be created for you. If you choose to fundraise, update the page with your story and start sharing through email, text and social media. Use our Virtual 6 Challenge Toolkit for lupus facts you can share while you fundraise, social shareables and fundraising guides to help you reach your fundraising goals and raise awareness. 

Register Now

 

Have more questions? 

Send an email to Stacey Clark at clark@lupus.org and let us know how we can help you get started.

Virtual 6 Challenge Toolkit
Sample Social Media Posts

Help raise lupus awareness during the Virtual 6 Challenge by sharing your story.  Here is some inspiration to get you started. 

If you are taking the extra step and fundraising, don't forget to include your fundraising link and "Help me reach my goal of 6 miles in 6 days to help end lupus by donating today" in your posts or tweets.  

Facebook

  • Today/ Next week/ Next month is the start of the Team Make Your Mark Virtual 6 Challenge and I am proud to announce that this/ next week/ month, I will be running/ biking/ hiking/ swimming 6 miles to help end lupus! (Add 1-2 lines about your connection to lupus). #Virtual6Challenge [Include link to Virtual 6 landing page or your personal fundraising page
  • Lupus is a life-long autoimmune disease where your immune system attacks healthy tissue and organs, instead of just fighting off germs it's supposed to. This can cause pain, inflammation and tissue damage to any organ in the body. An estimated 1.5 million Americans have lupus.  Share this post to help me raise awareness of lupus as I run/hike/bike/swim 6 miles to help end lupus for (add connection) [Include link to Virtual 6 landing page or your personal fundraising page]
  • DYK it takes an average of 6 years for someone to receive a correct diagnosis of lupus from when they first notice symptoms? That's why I'm helping to raise lupus awareness by running/ biking/ hiking/ swimming 6 miles. Learn more at lupus.org/Virtual6Challenge.
  • DYK that there's no single test to diagnose lupus? I'm helping to raise lupus awareness and funds for research to help change that, by running/ biking/ hiking/ swimming 6 miles for the Virtual 6 Challenge to help end lupus. [Include link to Virtual 6 landing page or your personal fundraising page]
  • #DYK that #lupus can affect your skin, joints and organs? These symptoms cause debilitating pain and can even be life threatening, but they're not visible from the outside, causing others to think nothing is wrong. Learn more about lupus & join me for the Virtual 6 Challenge for lupus, 6 miles in 6 days to help end lupus. [Include link to Virtual 6 landing page or your personal fundraising page]
  • I completed the Virtual 6 Challenge with @Lupus Foundation of America's Team Make Your Mark to raise awareness for lupus this week in honor of [connection] and the 1.5 million Americans who suffer from lupus. Do your part to support the millions of lupus warriors around the world by getting involved in the fight against lupus. Learn more at lupus.org!

Twitter

  • I am proud to announce that this/ next week/ month, I will be running/ biking/ hiking/ swimming 6 miles to help end lupus with the #Virtual6Challenge for @lupusorg. (Add your connection to lupus/why you are taking on the challenge). #Virtual6Challenge [Include link to Virtual 6 landing page or your personal fundraising page]
  • #DYK it takes 6 years to receive an accurate #lupus diagnosis? @lupusorg is committed to reducing the time to diagnosis.  Join me for the #Virtual6Challenge this week, where we'll complete 6 miles over 6 days as we help change that! [Include link to Virtual 6 landing page or your personal fundraising page]
  • Support my efforts to advance #lupus research by helping me reach my #Virtual6Challenge goal for @lupusorg. We can't put an end to this awful disease without your help! [Include link to Virtual 6 landing page or your personal fundraising page]
  • #DYK that #lupus can affect your skin, joints and organs? These symptoms cause debilitating pain and can even be life- threatening. Learn more about lupus & join me for @lupusorg's Virtual 6 Challenge, 6 miles in 6 days, to help end lupus. #Virtual6Challenge [Include link to Virtual 6 landing page or your personal fundraising page]
  • Did you know that #lupus impacts approximately 1.5 million Americans and has no cure? That's why I will be running/ biking/ hiking/ swimming 6 miles for @lupusorg's Virtual 6 Challenge! Join me and learn more! [Include link to Virtual 6 landing page or your personal fundraising page]
  • I completed the #Virtual6Challenge with @lupusorg to raise awareness for lupus this week in honor of (connection). Do your part to support the millions of lupus warriors around the world by getting involved in the fight against lupus. Learn more at lupus.org.
Shareable Images

Use these resources to promote lupus awareness during the Virtual 6 Challenge.

Facebook Logo

Twitter Logo

Instagram Logo

Facebook Frame

2024 Facebook and Twitter "Join Me" Image

2024  Instagram "Join Me" Image

Downloadable Signs

Have your friends or family members cheer you on and/ or place a sign in your window and let your community know that you are part of the Virtual 6 Challenge to help end lupus.

Downloadable Virtual 6 Sign- Option 1

Downloadable Virtual 6 Sign- Option 2