Outrun Lupus Virtual 5K

Sat May 30, 2020
Anywhere you want!

The Outrun Lupus 5K, now in its 26th year, benefits the Lupus Foundation of Northern California, a nonprofit with a mission to improve lives impacted by lupus. 

This year's run/walk celebrates Lupus Awareness Month—you can participate from anywhere and easily log your times to the Outrun Lupus Virtual 5K results area. Since we can't run/walk together, we can at least share our 5K running and walking experiences online, and spread critical awareness about lupus amid this COVID-19 health pandemic. We know not everyone can get out to a full length course this year, so we've added a "Choose Your Own Distance" event. You can run/walk as short or as long as you like, just log your results the same way as for the 5K distance events. You'll still be eligible for a bib, custom medal, giveaways, the mascot contest and raffles!

Track your route and join us on Strava during the 5K!
See Course Tracking Tips and learn how to share your route.


7:15 AM - Opening Announcements: Rob Mayeda-NBC
7:20 AM - Welcome: Lon Saavedra, Executive Director
7:25 AM - Honoree Introduction: Lon Saavedra & Francis Nguyen
7:30 AM - Welcome & Thank You Words: Doug Carlen, Board Chair
7:35 AM - National Anthem: Thu Vu 
7:40 AM - Mascot Intro: Lon Saavedra & Leslie Watts
7:45 AM - Warm Up: Lucas Dunham - Google Fitness Instructor
7:55 AM - Grand Marshal Ribbon Cutting: Rob Mayeda & Jessica Garcia Kohl
8:00 AM - 5K Official Start: everyone break and go run/walk.
11:00 AM - 5K Official End
7:00 PM - Awards & Results Announcement: Online

Since we are all running/walking from different locations we'll all have different weather! See weather forecasts where you are at wunderground.com Please dress appropriately, and always wear sunscreen.

Did your friend or family member forget to register, but would like to participate? No worries, registrants can still sign up right up until 6:00 AM on Saturday May 30. Those who register after 5/15 will receive their bib as part of their participation packet (which includes medals, fundraising prizes earned, and certificates for finishing). Be sure to register all your friends and family online or on-site!


Have yousigned up to be a Fundraiser or Team Captain? You can raise funds by inviting others to register for or donate to the 5K.
Fundraisers can earn some great prizes!
  • Raise $100 to receive an Outrun Lupus 5K Logo T-Shirt
  • Raise $300 to also receive a Custom Cloth Mask
  • Raise $750 to also receive a Stainless Steel Lupus Awareness Water Bottle
  • Raise $1000 to also receive a Specialty Gift Card

ALL Registrants will receive an official 5K bib, custom Finishers Medal (or Winning Medal for category top finishers) and an Outrun Lupus logo'd In Shape Pedometer! *For registration after 5/15, bibs and prizes will be mailed after the race is completed.

We'll be outrunning lupus all summer long, so stay tuned for our series of virtual runs/walks spanning spring and summer months—and help us Outrun Lupus together in 2020! Results, post-5K wrap-ups, and info about the 2020 Outrun Lupus 5K will be published to lfnc.org/outrunlupus.


Focused on the needs of lupus patients and families in the Northern California region, the Foundation provides innovative programs that reach patients here and beyond our borders. Thank you for your participation and support! 

Voting is closed


The 2020 Outrun Lupus Mascot Winner is...Chiaroscuro!

Votes 1003; Rank 1

Meet Leslie Watts and her Argentine Black and White Tegu named Chiaroscuro! His name comes from the Italian word for light and dark since he is black and white. She entered him into this contest because her mom has lupus. Leslie's mom often gets painful flare ups and swelling in her legs. Her short term memory loss causes her to forget simple things. She even has a bit of hair loss too. Her mom’s name is Bridget Watts. She is the strongest, most powerful, and loving person Leslie knows. Leslie has four other siblings that her mother also raised into wonderful and caring adults. Leslie's mom is definitely a Superwoman!

Her little friend here brings her so much joy. Chiaroscuro is the most calm and sweet lizard ever! Leslie ordered him online back in 2016 and he came in the mail in a teeny weeny little box. There's a pic from when she first got him. He is for sure the family pet. Even all her friends love how easy going he is! Never has he ever bit anyone and he loves being held. Bridget and Leslie watch him crawl around and do his lizard thing all day. Bridget is a licensed in home child care provider, but since all this pandemic has occurred, she has been out of any clients. Clearly, she is in the compromised person category because of her lupus. But she is so strong.

Leslie hoped her mom could see Chiaroscuro win and be the mascot! She loves him so much and Leslie thought it would be something that could brighten up her days amidst the world’s current darkness. Thank you to all the voters out there that helped make this wish come true! Chiaroscuro has earned his title as the official mascot of the Outrun Lupus 5k! 

Register to run/walk today and join us LIVE on YouTube Saturday May 30th from 7:20-8:00 AM in our opening ceremony to see Chiaroscuro help kick off the Virtual Run/Walk!

Meet our other contestants here.

We thank everyone who entered their champions, and everyone who voted! 

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