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About the Lobo Cancer Challenge

UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center facility at sunset

The University of New Mexico
Comprehensive Cancer Center

This annual community fundraiser, launched in 2017, helps ensure access to world-class patient care and treatments based on the most advanced cancer research at The University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center.

100% of the funds raised by our participants, called “Challengers,” go directly to the program they choose that means the most to them in the fight against cancer.

Our sponsors make this possible by generously covering costs of managing the Challenge. Together with our in-kind sponsors, who contribute amenities for the event, all of our sponsors provide an excellent experience for our Challenger community.

Why do we use the term “Challengers?” The participants accomplish their own Challenge and also challenge cancer together in our efforts. A community is formed in common purpose of honor, remembrance, empowerment, mutual support and celebration.

The 2022 Lobo Cancer Challenge will be held live at University Stadium, home of the UNM Lobos, on September 24, 2022.

The 5K and Bike Routes return, along with a new Stair Challenge, for an exciting event day at University Stadium! A Virtual Challenger option is also offered for those who may not join us at the stadium but still wish to participate and fundraise from any location. Mobile-friendly registrations and donations make it easy for Challengers to put their very own fundraising pages to work. Challengers can communicate with their donors and teammates and provide their own incentives and milestones to motivate their donors.

In 2021, the Lobo Cancer Challenge was again held as a virtual event to meet the challenge of a global pandemic, and once again, Challengers from 16 states more than rose to the occasion.

In 2020, the Lobo Cancer Challenge was held as a virtual event to meet the challenge of a global pandemic. 523 Challengers — more than ever — brought a spirit of fun to their Challenges. They climbed mountains; met in safe conditions to ride or walk with families, friends and colleagues; sold crafts and got creative! Challengers met in 61 teams from 20 states around the country! In the words of the T-shirt worn by the Rule family, “we did it for those we love.”

In 2019, 480 Challengers came together on the day of the event, held at University Stadium, home of the UNM Lobos, to ride a bike 25, 50 or 100 miles, or run or walk in the 5K as their Challenge.

In 2018, key numbers more than doubled from the first year: 350 Challengers participated in 41 teams. The first 5K offered a new pursuit for Challengers!

Ever since the first Lobo Cancer Challenge in 2017 with 168 bike riders in routes that started and finished at University Stadium, the Challenge has grown in scope, participation and results.

More than 370 volunteers gave generously of their time and energy over the first three years to make the annual events a success.

We appreciate this community! This is an amazing and caring group that comes together each year to take up the Challenge and fight cancer together.

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