About the Walk

Did the start time change? What happened?

Yes the start time of the Loop has changed! Registration begins at 7:00 AM and start time is now 8:30 AM. This change is at the request of the City to accommodate the Please Touch Museum's 11am opening. 

Am I allowed to run instead of walk?

Yes, you can register as a walker or a runner. The run is along a sanctioned 5K course and the walk is approximately 2.5 miles. 
 

Can I volunteer for the 26th Annual Lupus Loop?

Volunteers are needed for a variety of jobs, both before and during the Loop. You can help us organize and recruit sponsors for the event, or help on the day of the event. Jobs range from set up and tear down to assisting with check-in. Some volunteer opportunities do not require walking or standing. Please check with us to see if you can help! Click on the Volunteer link on the left menu bar of this page and fill out the form online or download the form and mail a completed copy to the Chapter office. Someone will contact you regarding volunteer opportunities.
 

Can I walk/run if I don’t form a team?

History shows us you will have more fun and raise more money if you participate as part of a team, but it is perfectly fine to walk or run as an individual.
 

Do I receive prizes for raising money for the 26th Annual Lupus Loop?

Individuals or Teams who raise $300 or more receive a course marker sign for dedication (1 sign per $300 raised). The Highest Individual Fundraiser, raising over $5000 will receive a wonderful get-away vacation! The Team Challenge Award is awarded to the team that raises the most money in support of lupus. As a team, team member or individual, you can become a part of the Circle of Friends by raising a minimum of $1000. All registered participants receive a 26th Annual Lupus Loop t-shirt by either paying the registration fee, or waiving the fee and fundraising at least $100. 
 

Does a team need to have a minimum number of walkers or runners?

We encourage participants to recruit a minimum of 5 team members to either run or walk as part of their team.
 

How do I start a team?

Create a team by following the instructions included in the Team Kit by visiting the Team Captain and Participant Materials page, or click on the Register Now button on the Loop website to create your team. You can use your team page to spread the word among family, friends, and colleagues. Encourage every team member to raise at least $100. We help make it easy by providing you all the materials and tools you need to ensure success in building your team. Learn more by visiting the Team Captain and Participant Materials page from the left navigation bar. If you have any questions, please contact our staff at 866-517-5070, we will happily help you and your teammates register for the Lupus Loop.
 

How does the Lupus Foundation of America use the contributions?

Funds raised by the 26th Annual Lupus Loop 5K Run & 2.5 Mile Walk to End Lupus Now® are used to support research, education, and support services for those affected by lupus in the Philadelphia Tri-State area. 90% of all funds remain local and 10% support the National Research Program, Bringing Down the Barriers. For more information on how the Lupus Foundation of America uses contributions, visit our website at www.lupustristate.org or call us at 215-517-5070 or 866-517-5070 (Toll-Free in PA, NJ & DE only).
 

How long is the Lupus Loop & Walk to End Lupus Now?

The Runners will run 5K distance and the Walkers will walk approximately 2.5 Miles.
 

I cannot walk or run, but would like to fundraise. May I?

Yes. You may register as a Virtual Participant and use the fundraising page that is automatically created during registration to collect donations from your friends, family, and co-workers etc. Download the Participant Kit to learn how to customize your page for your needs and email your supporters or call the office for assistance at 215-517-5070.
 

Is there a registration fee?

Yes, there is a $25 registration fee. On Loop Day, the registration fee will be $30. Children 10 and under are $10 at all times. Individuals or Team Members who plan to raise $100 or more may choose the Fundraising Goal option during the registration process to waive their registration fee.
 

About the Website

How do I register for the 26th Annual Lupus Loop & Walk to End Lupus Now online?

Simply click on the Register Now button on the Lupus Loop website. If you plan to have a team or would like more information before registering, please download a Team Captain Kit from the Team Center or a Participant Kit in the Participant and Team Captain Materials section of the navigation bar.
 

Is my information secure?

Yes. The LFA and our vendor, DonorDrive have made every effort to protect your information. This website uses industry-standard SSL encryption techniques to make sure that your credit card information, passwords, and personal information travel securely over the Internet.
 

About Lupus

How many people have lupus?

There are an estimated 1.5 million Americans living with lupus. Approximately 40,000 people are affected by lupus in the Philadelphia Tri-State region.
 

What are the health consequences of lupus?

Lupus is a serious disease that can damage vital organs, such as the kidneys, heart, lungs, and brain. The disease can cause seizures, strokes, heart attacks, miscarriages, and organ failure leading to significant disability or death.
 

What are the signs and symptoms of lupus?

Lupus is very hard to diagnose because symptoms vary from person to person, can come and go over a long period of time, and can mimic symptoms of other illnesses. It is important to know the symptoms of lupus and to know if you are at risk for this disease. Symptoms of lupus include joint and muscle pain, severe fatigue, a rash caused by or made worse by UV sunlight or fluorescent lights, low grade fever, and hair loss.
 

What is lupus?

Lupus is an acute and chronic (lifelong) autoimmune disease in which the immune system is unbalanced, causing inflammation and tissue damage to virtually every organ system in the body.
 

Who can develop lupus?

Ninety percent of the people with lupus are women. Eight of 10 new cases of lupus develop among women of childbearing age; however, women of all ages as well as men and children develop the disease. Lupus is two to three times more common among African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, Native Americans, and Asians a disparity that remains unexplained.
 

Why is it important to recognize the signs and symptoms of lupus?

More than half of the people with lupus suffer four or more years and visit three or more doctors before receiving a correct diagnosis. Late diagnosis and delayed treatment contribute to significant tissue damage leading to organ failure, disability, and death.
 
For more information about lupus and our organization please visit www.lupustristate.org

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