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Virtual 6 Challenge to Help End Lupus

Join Team Make Your Mark™ and complete 6 miles in 6 days , whether you run, jog, hike, bike or swim, in any location you choose!

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.

This September, 500 challengers came together and raised over $70,000 for lupus research, support and education.

2021 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 lupus awareness race buff, access to training plans and more. Register early by August 6th and receive your Lupus Race Buff by mail to wear for the Virtual 6 Challenge.

Bonus: If you choose to fundraise and raise $250, earn a Team Make Your Mark race shirt to go along with your buff.

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, swim or hike your Virtual 6 

ANYTIME and ANYWHERE between September 1st- September 6th.

WITH YOUR REGISTRATION FEE, ALL REGISTRANTS WILL RECEIVE

Lupus Race Buff
Downloadable Race Bib
Finishers Medal

*Medals will be mailed after the event. Buffs for those who register after August 1st, will be mailed post event as well. 

 If you choose to fundraise and raise $250 or more, earn the Team Make Your Mark race shirt and other swag to wear proudly for the Virtual 6 Challenge.

 

When and where do I complete my Virtual 6 Challenge?

You can run, jog, bike, hike, walk or swim your 6 miles anywhere and anytime between September 1 and 6. 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 the LIVE Kick Off Ceremony on Monday, August 31st. Details to be emailed to all registrants.  September 1-6 is Virtual 6 Challenge Week!

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. 

Have more questions? 

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

Register Now

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 is the start of the Team Make Your Mark Virtual 6 Challenge and I am proud to announce that this week, 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 and only one medication developed and approved specifically for lupus? I'm helping to raise lupus awareness and funds for research 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 week, 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, September 1-6, 2020.

Facebook

Twitter 

Instagram

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Fundraising Guide

There is magic that happens when you run, walk, bike or swim for something bigger than yourself while raising money for a cause that is important to you. The key to success is getting started and asking everyone you know to support you. The Team Make Your Mark Fundraising Guide has everything you need to help make it happen.

Team Make Your Mark Fundraising Guide

Downloadable Race Bib

Don't forget to write your name on the bib after you print!

Virtual 6 Challenge Race Bib

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