Wednesday, April 13, 2011

D.C. Walk for Lupus - Join us this Saturday!

The walk is here! Cross your fingers for great weather this weekend, as the lupus community in the Maryland, Virginia and D.C. metro area take on the 2011 Walk for Lupus Now on Saturday, April 16th. My own lupus support group team has done a phenomenal job of raising money - earning t-shirts, a tent, and even cupcakes for the day of the event - way to go, team!

In the area and want to join in the fun? Come on out to D.C. on Saturday morning, take a stroll down Pennsylvania Ave., and be sure to stop by the Despite Lupus table while you're there. I'd love to see you and say hello! (I'll have books available, in case you need one of those, too!)

Here are details - note that you can register the day of the walk, but pre-registering might make things easier. Either way, registration is free. See you there!

DETAILS: The 5th Annual DC Walk for Lupus Now - 2011. We will walk down Pennsylvania Avenue, NW starting at 13th street down to the Capital and back. We walk rain or shine!

DAY AND TIME: April 16th, 2011, 8:30 am - 1:00 pm

LOCATION: Washington D.C. - Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. between 13th and 12th St. N.W. - Next to Freedom Plaza. Need a map? Click here!

WHEN TO GET THERE: Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and walk starts at 9:30 a.m.

ONCE YOU'RE THERE: The Walk starts at 9:30, but you'll need to go to Registration first. The best way to get through registration is if you have already registered online. You can sign up online either as an individual walker or as part of my support group's team (LFA Alexandria Support Group.) Just fill out the information form (along with the health consent form, etc., etc.), grab your tennies, and set your alarm clock! (Note that at Registration, you'll receive a FREE knapsack per registrant, courtesy of Human Genome Sciences, the creator of Benlysta.)

Donations are accepted at the walk, but note that you don't have to raise a single dollar to participate. We'd just love to have you show your support by being there and taking part in the fun!

Do you want a Walk for Lupus Now! shirt? Every registered walker who raises $100+ will receive a shirt at the registration table.

A few final details...

Four of D.C.'s famous food trucks will be at the walk. Look for their tasty treats along the way.
The Walk is 5K or 3.1 miles. No one is required to walk the entire way, do not push yourself.
The Walk starts and ends at 1200 Pennsylvania Ave, so if you get tired feel free turn around!
There will be 3 water stations along the walk route
Crowd friendly dogs are welcome! Metro Mutts is sponsoring a water bowl stop for pups! (I don't think Darwin will be making an appearance, but he'll be there in spirit!)

If you have any questions or need assistance, people in 'Volunteer' or 'Staff' shirts will be able to help you.

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