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Outrun Lupus 5k, now in its 27th year, benefits the Lupus Foundation of Northern California, a nonprofit with a mission to improve lives impacted by lupus.
We will "join" together Virtually again this year on June 19, 2021—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, giveaways, the mascot contest and raffles!
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!
FINAL COUNT: 5/24/2020 7:00 PM | COLLECTIVELY RAISED $2,359 TO HELP OUTRUN LUPUS!
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!
We thank everyone who entered their champions, and everyone who voted!
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