Outrun Lupus 5K Run/Walk

Sat September 25, 2021
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This Year's 5K is NOW A VIRTUAL-ONLY EVENT. Join us from a course wherever you choose and download/use RaceJoy to track and automatically load your results!

Our 27th Annual Outrun Lupus 5K Run / Walk is moving to a fully VIRTUAL event!

This means you can participate from anywhere and run or walk a 5K distance, or a distance of your choice! Share your 5K experiences online by mentioning hashtags #outrunlupus #lupusawareness and don't forget to tag @lupusonline, @lfnc, and @lupusnorcal too! Help us raise critical awareness about lupus to advance education and knowledge in our communities. 



GOING BACK TO VIRTUAL! Based on current feedback we are receiving from our community regarding concerns about gathering together due to the Delta COVID-19 Variant, we have decided to transition this year's 5K run/walk to a fully virtual event.

WAIT, WOAH, WHAT?? We know that's a big deal...so we've outlined below what this changes for you as a participant. You'll also find updated information below about day-of activities for the 2021 Outrun Lupus 5K Run/Walk.


1. You can still participate from anywhere!! Just track your course with us during the 5K on RaceJoy.

2. We won’t be gathering at Campbell Park on Sept. 25th.

3. You have more time! Participants can now run/walk and submit times until Sunday, Sept 26th at 8:00 pm (note: While we'll be accepting times for runners and walkers until Sunday, in order to be considered for a winners medal you must still submit your time by 11:00 am on 9/25/2021)

We hope you will still join us on Saturday, Sept 25th from wherever you choose to run or walk!  We are excited to focus our full energy towards making the virtual event an exciting day of Outrunning Lupus together.

For the most up-to-date information as we approach the 25th, please check back here.

We will kick off our day at 7:15 am (Pacific) with a virtual Zoom Opening Ceremony, just like last year. Registered participants will receive the Zoom links via email. During Kickoff our emcee from NBC Bay Area’s Today in the Bay, Kira Klapper, will welcome everyone, followed by the full program—including a warm-up to get you ready to go and the official 5K start by our 2021 Mascot Contest Winner! We will also have other exciting visitors throughout the kickoff. After Kick-off, the 5K begins—we wish everyone a fun and exciting time out there! Don't forget to share your course routes and virtual run/walk photos with us!

Registrants will still receive T-Shirts and pedometers (if chosen during sign-up). We will be in the office the week after the 5K for pick-ups or we can mail your items to you directly. Finishers' medals and winners' medals will also still be awarded per your registration selections.

You'll still be able to download and print your digital bib from RunSignUp, with your official bib number, to wear it from your virtual run location. Just go to "Find A Participant" in the main navigation here, locate your name, and click on your bib number to open your bib for printing.

Be sure to sign up for RaceJoy—info below—so you can have your time automatically tracked and receive cheers from friends, family, and teammates! RaceJoy is a GPS-based tracking app that follows your progress in real-time as you run your race. We will be using RaceJoy as the primary 2021 5K results tracking app. Both the runner and the spectator must download the app, and keep their phones with them, but with a few easy steps, you have access to a number of fun features! See info and link to download RaceJoy below on this page.

You will see the Campbell Park Course Map* on Racejoy and here on the event website. You and or your team are welcome to go to the park to use the mapped course. If you do please be mindful of others and maintain your social distancing. In a virtual race you can also map your own course, from wherever you are located—just make sure to download RaceJoy, start the app before the 5K start, and Racejoy will take care of the rest!

Let us be part of your experience! Be sure to tag us on your social media with #OutrunLupus #LupusAwareness and our handles—
Facebook: @LupusOnline
IG: @LupusNorCal
Twitter: @LFNC

RaceJoy will automatically track participants and collect run/walk results times. There is a manual "Results" submission tab on the 5K website for anyone who is not using RaceJoy. All results which are in by 11:00 AM Saturday, September 25th, will be considered for medal placement. 

We realize this is a big change for anyone who had registered for the in-person events and are here to answer any questions! Just email us at communications@lfnc.org or call the office at 408-954-8600 if you have any questions about the event or registration. Thank you for your support and we are excited to see you ALL at the 5K Run/Walk this year...virtually!

* The Lupus Foundation of Northern California will not be hosting an in-person event at Campbell Park or Los Gatos Creek Trail and therefore will not be liable for any injuries which may occur. 


Focused on the needs of lupus patients and families, the Lupus Foundation of Northern California provides innovative programs that reach patients across California. Thank you for your participation and support!


Media Sponsor
​Meet our 2021 Honoree, Ena Williams

Ena leads the Elusive Lupus Support group out of Elk Grove, CA and we are pleased to announce her as the honoree for the 27th Outrun Lupus 5K in 2021! Read about the journey of her lupus diagnosis and how lupus has affected her life over the years. Ena's brave and postive attitude, and outlook, help inspire us and lupus patients in California and beyond. We thank Ena for sharing her story with us.

In 2018 my life changed forever. My fun, fabulous, and fit self was about to go on a serious hiatus. I couldn’t understand how or why my body began to betray itself. It began with my feet aching, so four months and $800 later I was still trying to find a comfortable shoe I was able to teach in all day. I had seen my primary and my podiatrist and their feedback did not resonate with what my inner self had to say, so I continued to press on through the pain because that is what is expected of black women. Well, that is until that February when I woke up at 3 am screaming in pain. It felt like someone had set my left leg on fire from the knee down. I remember my mom rushing into my room wondering what had happened. I traced my thoughts and the only thing I remember doing the day before was walking into something hitting my knee. I decided that this pain would not keep me from visiting a friend in San Francisco. In hindsight, I should have stayed at home because by the second morning I could only walk a few steps before having to sit a while, so I headed home, and by the time I arrived the leg was swollen and red. This began my frequent flyer (ha, ha, ha) pass with my medical group. The visits started with you have gout. I think I forgot to say I was a vegetarian who disliked frying food or buying it unless it was a fried tortilla chip with a side of guacamole. Soon after that visit, I saw that I had blood in my urine (the first doctor said the issues were in my head), which led to them finding 2 inch-plus size growths on one of my kidneys. Thankfully, it was nothing. However, my leg never really healed and I started using my mom’s cane. By this time the headache, light, sound, smell, and motion sensitivity had set in. Soon I was no longer able to drive. 

I was done being told things that I knew in my heart did not fit with what my body was experiencing, so my inner voice told me to get checked for lupus. 

Read and Share Ena's full story and be sure to join Ena's Team!

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