September 14, 2019, Dreamstyle Stadium, Albuquerque, NM
Volunteer shifts needed September 12-15
Route - Registration Fee / Fundraising Minimum:
5K Run-Walk - $40 / $50
25 Mile Bike Ride - $50 / $250
50 Mile Bike Ride - $75 / $500
100 Mile Bike Ride - $100 / $500



Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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Is there a registration fee and if so, what do I get?
The registration fee for the bike rides are:
 • $50 for the 25-Mile bike route
 • $75 for the 50-Mile bike route
 • $100 for the 100-Mile bike route
The registration fee for the 5K Run/Walk is $40.

Registration includes logistical and safety support the day of the event, your route’s finish line celebration, snacks, an official Lobo Cancer Challenge t-shirt and more! All registration fees are non-transferable and non-refundable.

Can I change my route after I register?
In general, routes cannot be changed. If you need to change your route after registering, please contact the Lobo Cancer Challenge staff directly at

Does my registration fee count toward my fundraising commitment?
No. The registration fee covers a portion of the cost for a great experience on your bike ride or 5K run/walk. Beyond that, our generous sponsors cover the remaining costs to produce the event, so that 100 percent of every dollar you raise goes directly to advanced research and world-class patient care at the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Is my registration fee refundable if I’m unable to participate for any reason?
No. Your registration fee is non-transferable and non-refundable.

Do participants have a fundraising commitment?
Yes. Each participant must raise a minimum depending on your choice of route or event (See below).

We welcome over-achievement! Please visit our Fundraising Incentives page to learn what you can earn by raising more than your minimum.

What is the fundraising commitment for my route?
The fundraising minimums for the bike rides are:
 • $250 for the 25-mile bike route
 • $500 for the 50-mile bike route
 • $500 for the 100-mile bike route
The fundraising minimum for the 5K Run/Walk is $50.

Why are the fundraising minimums set at those amounts?
The Lobo Cancer Challenge is a community fundraising event to provide money needed for patient services, patient clinical care and cancer research at the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center. Funds raised by the Lobo Cancer Challenge support areas of patient services, patient care and cancer research that are not supported by federal, state, and private funding. Some examples include transportation for patients to get to and from their appointments, overnight stays for patients and their families in Albuquerque, and pilot research projects that help our cancer scientists secure larger research grants.

How do I get started on my fundraising?
We’ve compiled guidelines, tips and ideas on our Fundraising Tips and Tools page to help you get started and get it done. First, customize your online web page when you register, then tell all your friends and family about your commitment to the Lobo Cancer Challenge.

What is the deadline to hit my fundraising commitment?
September 16, 2019 by 11:59pm.

What happens if I don’t meet my fundraising commitment by the fundraising deadline?
We will charge your credit card on file for the outstanding amount owed on September 16, 2019. The outstanding amount owed is the difference between your minimum fundraising commitment and the amount you have raised as of September 16, 2019 by 11:59pm. Of course, if you meet or exceed your minimum fundraising commitment, there will be no charge at that time!

Do I need a credit card to participate?
Yes. Your credit card is required at registration to pay your non-refundable registration fee. Register here.

We will charge this credit card for the difference between your fundraising minimum and the amount you raise as of September 16, 2019, 11:59 pm. If you reach your fundraising minimum by September 16, 2019 at 11:59 pm, we will not charge your credit card. You are personally responsible for the fundraising minimum for your route. For fundraising tips, visit our Fundraising Tips and Tools page.

What kind of incentives do you offer for fundraising?
Individuals who raise at least $1,000 by midnight, September 16, 2019, will receive an official Bike Jersey (for Bike Riders) or an official Fleece Jacket (for 5K participants). In addition, the Top 3 Fundraising Teams and the Top 3 Fundraising Individuals will be recognized at the Kickoff Celebration on the evening before the event, Friday, September 13, 2019. Only the amounts raised as of noon on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 count towards this recognition. Please visit our Fundraising Incentives page for details.

What if my plans change or if I get injured and can no longer participate in Lobo Cancer Challenge?
Please contact the Lobo Cancer Challenge staff directly at We do not allow any cancellations, however, please contact us if you are unable to participate in the event for which you registered.

If I cancel my participation, what happens to my donations?
All donations will stay with the Lobo Cancer Challenge and be used to further the success of the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Can I rollover my registration fee and fundraising commitment to next year if my plans change or if I get injured?
No. Registration fees and donations are non-transferable and non-refundable.

If you are unable to participate, send us an email at by August 16, 2019 by 11:59pm.

Is my registration and fundraising commitment transferrable?
No. Your registration fee and all donations are non-transferrable and non-refundable.

If you are unable to participate in the Lobo Cancer Challenge, e-mail us at by August 16, 2019 by 11:59pm.

What distances are the routes?
We offer 25 mile, 50 mile and 100 mile routes for the bike ride. Fundraising requirements vary by route. See Registration & Fundraising section above.

What are the routes?
Visit our Rides for All Levels page to view interactive maps for each ride.

How old do I need to be to participate in Lobo Cancer Challenge?
Minors must be at least 12 years old by Saturday, September 14, 2019, and obtain parental/guardian consent to participate in the 25-mile, 50-mile and 100-mile routes.

Can I ride my recumbent bicycle?
Yes, recumbent bicycles are welcome.

Can I ride my tandem bicycle?
Yes, tandem bicycles are welcome. Tandem riders must register individually, pay separate registration fees and make separate fundraising commitments. Also, each rider must be at least 12 years old.

Can I ride with a bicycle trailer or handlebar bicycle seat?
No. Bicycle trailers and handlebar bicycle seats are not allowed. No passengers are allowed on any bicycles.

What kind of bicycles are allowed and not allowed?
Bicycles Allowed: Standard Bicycle, Recumbent, Tandem, Hand Cycle.
Bicycles NOT Allowed: Motorized vehicles (this includes EBikes), Bikes with training wheels, Wheel Chairs, Child’s Tricycle, Unicycle, Burley Kart, or Tag-A-Longs.

How do I know which route is best for me?
All routes are achievable with the proper amount of training and physical preparation. If you currently ride, use an online app to measure a route you can comfortably ride to give you an idea of which route you might prefer. and other websites allow you to draw out a route and measure it online. You can also ask a local bike shop or friend who rides a fair amount to guide you.

Where can I find training tips so I’m prepared to tackle my route?
Consult with bike shops, bike clubs, and your friends who bike on their suggestions for preparing for your bike ride. Connect with other Lobo Cancer Challenge participants on our Facebook page and train together. Another idea is to join a Lobo Cancer Challenge team and do regular training rides together.

What kind of support is provided on the route?
We’ll take good care of you out there! We’ll have rest stops about every 12 -15 miles where you can hydrate, grab a snack or seek mechanical or medical support. We’ll also have SAG (Support And Gear) vehicles on course if you need help or a lift back to home base for any reason.

Do I need to wear a helmet? What do I need to know about rider safety?
The Lobo Cancer Challenge is a “Rules of the Road” bike ride:
   • All participants must wear a helmet.
   • All participants must obey City of Albuquerque Bicycle Laws and Safety Tips while riding in the Lobo Cancer Challenge.
   • BE PREPARED to ride safely.

Why do I need a timing chip?
We use the timing chip to know where you are on your route. If you need help, we’ll be able to send help more quickly. Also, as you approach the finish line, we can prepare to announce your name as you complete your ride!

Are pets allowed on the course?
No. Due to safety concerns, pets are not permitted on the course or in the spectator area. Only service animals will be allowed to accompany runners and walkers.

Are strollers allowed on the course?
Yes, strollers are permitted on the course. The following rules apply to strollers:

  • strollers must start in the back,
  • strollers may not weave through packs of runners or walkers, and
  • strollers must yield the right of way to others on the course.

Is the event timed?
Yes. Runners will be timed; they will receive a bib with a chip. Walkers will not be timed; their bibs will not have a chip.

If I don't pick up my shirt at packet pick-up, can I get one mailed?
No. Your family or friends may pick up your shirt for you at packet pick-up or on race day. Our purpose is to devote the maximum funding we can to cancer research and patient care, so unfortunately we cannot mail any shirts or packets.

What happens if it rains on the day of the race?
We will make every effort to conduct the event. However, if we judge the weather to be hazardous we will cancel it. Unfortunately, we cannot refund entry fees if the event is canceled.

What is the registration fee for the Lobo Challenge 5K?
The registration fee is $40 and the fundraising minimum is $50. The registration fee includes your official Lobo Cancer Challenge T-shirt and a fully supported route with snacks and drinks at the stadium.

Is there a discounted entry fee for children?
Children 12 and older: a parent or legal guardian will be required to complete and sign a waiver; pay the registration fee; and be responsible for the fundraising minimum. We will provide snacks and drinks at the stadium for all registered participants.
Children younger than 12 years: a parent or legal guardian will be required to complete and sign a waiver; and accompany the child at all times while on the course.

Is there a minimum age to participate?
No. The 5K is a family-friendly event and children of all ages may take part. Children 12 and younger must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at all times.

Can I rollerblade, skate or ride a bike on the course?
No. Due to safety concerns, rollerblades, skates, and bicycles are not permitted on the course.

Is the route accessible to people who use wheelchairs?
Yes, the event will be accessible to people using wheelchairs. Please note, however, that racing wheelchairs will not be permitted on the course.

How many people do we need to sign up as a team?
It only takes two! Two or more participants can form a team. Team members may participate in the Lobo Cancer Challenge as a Bike Rider, in the 5K Run/Walk, or as a Virtual Rider.

How do I start a team?
First, choose a Team Captain for your team. Then, when the Team Captain registers for the Lobo Cancer Challenge, they choose “Start a New Team” from the participation selections on the Registration page. When they complete their own registration, the Team is established and ready to go! The Team Captain has access to edit the Team Page where they can set the Team’s Fundraising Goal, send emails to team members, and more.

How do I join a team?
You sign up with your team when you register by choosing the “Join a Team” participation option on the Registration page.

You may also begin your registration directly from the Team Page. Find the Team page by using our “participant search” feature. Click on the Team Name in the search results returned, which takes you to the Team Page. Click on the “Join Team” button to the right on the Team Page to begin your registration.

If you are already registered, you may use your Participant Center to join a team. Select the “Change Team Membership” link found to the right on the Home page of your Participant Center to begin.

Can I invite people to join my team if I am not a Team Captain?
Yes! Invitees may use the link on your Personal Page, “Join (my name’s) Team” to begin their registration.

May I bring a Team back from last year?
Yes! Note that only a Team Captain from last year’s Team may may bring the Team back. It's easiest to do this when the Captain registers for this year, by selecting the “Bring Your Team Back” participation option on the Registration page.

For more information on Teams, visit our Team Development page.

What is a Virtual Challenger?
A Virtual Challenger is anyone interested in raising funds in the spirit of the Lobo Cancer Challenge. Virtual Challenger registration is available for those who may not be able to participate in the Bike Rides or 5K on the day of the event, but are able to raise funds in support of the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Is there a registration fee to be a Virtual Challenger?
No registration fee is required for Virtual Challenger, but they will not receive a gift bag.

What is the fundraising commitment to be a Virtual Challenger?
There is no fundraising minimum for Virtual Challengers.

What’s involved with being a Virtual Challenger?
Virtual Challengers create a fundraising page and then invite their friends, family members and co-workers to donate to cancer research.

Do I need a credit card to participate?
No, a credit card is not required because a Virtual Challenger does not have a fundraising minimum.

How do I register to become a Virtual Challenger?
Select the Virtual Challenger participant type during the registration process.

How do I donate online?
Donations can be made by credit card on our website: Click the “Donate Now” link found on every page on the website in the turquoise navigation bar.

How do I donate to a specific Lobo Cancer Challenge participant?
Our “Donate Now” link goes to a page with our participant search function. Enter your participant’s name in the search feature and click the search button (magnifying glass icon). In the list that appears, you may use the “Donate Now” button beside their name, or click on their name which will take you to their Personal Page. Use the “Donate Now” button found on the right on their personal page.

Is there a way for my employer to match my donation?
Yes! The UNM Foundation receives matching gifts from hundreds of participating companies. Many companies have an online form where employees can apply to have their donation matched. Find instructions for matching donations here.

May I donate by check? Where do I send checks from my donors?
Make your check out to Lobo Cancer Challenge and be sure to include the name of the participant you are supporting on the MEMO line of the check.

If you do not include the participant’s name, your check will go to the General Research Fund, and your participant will not be credited with a donation.

Mail checks to:
UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center
Attn: Amy Liotta
1201 Camino de Salud
4th Floor
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Please contact us to set up a date and time at if you prefer to drop off your checks in person.

What do I do if a donor gives me cash?
Cash donations can only be accepted in person at the Lobo Cancer Challenge office. Please email us at to set up a date and time for drop-off.

Is my donation tax-deductible?
Yes, all donations are 100 percent tax-deductible, but your registration fee is not tax deductible. Please consult your tax advisor if you have any tax questions.

Will I receive a tax receipt?
Yes, all donations made payable to and received by Lobo Cancer Challenge will receive an acknowledgement for tax purposes. If you donate online you will receive your tax receipt instantly via email — please keep it for your records. If you donate via check, the name and address appearing on the check will receive a thank you and tax acknowledgment. If you donate cash, we will send you a thank you and tax acknowledgement at the address you provide to us. If the Lobo Cancer Challenge does not receive a cash donation directly from the donor, we cannot provide a tax acknowledgement.

When will I receive my tax receipt?
Online donations are acknowledged immediately via email. Please keep this email for your tax purposes. Donations received via check or cash will be acknowledged via US mail no later than Friday, January 31, 2020.

What volunteer jobs can I do to support Lobo Cancer Challenge?
Volunteer positions include Rest Stop Assistant, Vehicle Set Up, Check In, Hospitality, and many, many more! When you register to volunteer, you can review the list of available shifts. Click on the shift title, and a box will pop up with a description of duties. You will be able to see what is involved and the time commitment before you choose your shift. For example, a Set Up shift may involve more physical effort than another position. The major requirement for a Spirit Club volunteer is enthusiasm!

How do I register to volunteer for Lobo Cancer Challenge?
Click the “Register to Volunteer” button on the Volunteer page to register for a shift or two! (or more)

Where along the route can I help out?
Our routes cover a large area in and out of the Albuquerque area. We’ll need volunteers throughout. Check out our Routes page for rest stop locations.

When will I receive confirmation of my volunteer job, date, time and location?
During the volunteer registration process, you will choose your volunteer position, day, date and shift time. A confirmation of your choices will be emailed to you.

What if my plans change and I need to switch jobs or cancel?
Please email us at or call 505-925-0431.

What should I wear for my shift?
You will receive an official Lobo Cancer Challenge T-shirt when you check in for your shift. Please wear your T-shirt throughout your volunteer shift. You should also wear comfortable shoes, be prepared for changing and inclement weather, and wear sunscreen!

Do I need to bring my own snacks and meals during my volunteer shift?
We’ll aim to keep you fed and hydrated throughout your shift. If you have food allergies or dietary restrictions, please plan accordingly.

Is there a registration fee to volunteer?

Is there a fundraising minimum to volunteer?
No. We’re grateful for your time, effort and energy. But, you’re more than welcome to volunteer AND fundraise.

How can I volunteer and raise funds too?
In addition to signing up for your volunteer shift(s), you may also register for the Lobo Cancer Challenge and choose the “Virtual Challenger” participation option. There is no cost and no fundraising minimum, although we encourage you to set your own fundraising goal. Upon registration, you will have access to your own Participant Center with your own Fundraising Page to personalize!

How old do I need to be to volunteer?
You must be 18 years or older to volunteer. Volunteers younger than 18 (ages 14 - 17) must have parental or legal guardian consent.

I want to share the importance of volunteerism with my children; can they join me during my shift?
We encourage families to volunteer together as long as everyone is at least 14 years old. Children under 14 years old are not eligible to volunteer.

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