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5th Annual

Lobo Cancer Challenge
2017 - 2021

Frequently Asked Questions

Lobo Cancer Challenge 2021 is a virtual event

Complete a challenge on your own from anywhere on Saturday, September 25 to participate in the Lobo Cancer Challenge in 2021!

  • Cycle, run or walk your route distance at your own pace and at a time and location of your choice, following the guidelines of your local health authorities.
  • You may also “choose your challenge.” Do you want to dedicate a volunteer activity? You could take a hike or a nature walk for your Challenge. Do you enjoy arts and crafts? Do you have other favorite activities that could be ideas for fundraising? These may be completed before September 25, 2021 if needed.
  • A virtual event allows us to open up the Lobo Cancer Challenge to your creative commitments!
  • Each registered participant will have their own fundraising page where they may accept donations online or by mobile device!

ONE HUNDRED PERCENT of the funds raised by our participants goes directly to the cancer-fighting program of their choice at the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center. This annual fundraiser, launched in 2017, helps ensure access to world-class patient care and treatments based on the most advanced cancer research for the people of New Mexico.

Click the headings below for answers to your questions about:

As a Virtual Challenger, what do I do?
We encourage our Virtual Challengers to personalize their fundraising page and then invite your friends, family members and co-workers to donate to your fundraising efforts. As a virtual participant, you choose where your fundraising dollars go. You can choose a program in cancer research, patient care, community outreach, or education and training for medical professionals at the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Who may participate?
Anyone! We encourage people from across the globe to participate virtually with us on Saturday, September 25, 2021.

When may I ride, run or walk my virtual route?
The 2021 Lobo Cancer Challenge takes place on Saturday, September 25th. We encourage you to participate in your event of choice. Stay safe by following the stated health guidelines for your area. Along the way, we will be sharing fun ideas to get involved and to stay in touch with other participants. We also encourage you to share your training progress and Event-day Challenges by tagging us on social media— #LoboCancerChallenge or #UniteAgainstCancer — or emailing us your photos and videos at [email protected].

How can participants keep up with the latest news from the Lobo Cancer Challenge?
We encourage all participants and community members to follow us on our social media platforms: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. We will provide the latest information there. We will also be sending out emails to participants with fundraising ideas and more!

What are the registration fees and fundraising commitments?
The registration fee is $40 and it includes all events. The suggested fundraising pledge is $100.

What do I receive for my registration fee?
Registration includes an official 2021 Lobo Cancer Challenge T-shirt, dedication Bib, a fundraising page where you may accept donations online, and more! All registration fees are non-transferable and non-refundable.

How will I receive my T-shirt and Bib?
We will be providing information about a pick-up location and time and will follow current safety guidelines.

We can also mail your t-shirt and bib if you prefer. Please email [email protected] with your mailing request and to give us your preferred mailing address. Out of town packets will be mailed the week prior to the event. If you want to guarantee you receive your packet in the mail by event day, please register by Monday, September 13th.

Do participants have a fundraising commitment?
Each participant is asked to raise a suggested pledge of $100. Don’t stop at the minimum pledge amount, though! We offer a participant incentive for those who raise $1,000 or more — an official 2021 Lobo Cancer Challenge bike jersey or quarter-zip pullover (your choice).

We welcome over-achievement!

Does my registration fee count toward my fundraising commitment?
No. The registration fee does not count towards your fundraising pledge.

Do you offer recognition for top fundraisers?
Yes, the Top Three Fundraising Teams and the Top Three Fundraising Individuals will be recognized for their efforts! Recognition will take place during the week preceding the Lobo Cancer Challenge, which takes place on Saturday, September 25. Details to come. Only the amounts raised by noon on Tuesday, September 21, 2021, count towards the qualifying fundraising totals for recognition.

What do my fundraising dollars support?
Every cent — 100% of every dollar you raise — goes directly to your program of choice in support of advanced research or world-class patient care at the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center. Choose from the 19 different programs listed here.

How are my fundraising dollars put to work?
The Lobo Cancer Challenge is a community fundraising event to provide money needed for patient services, patient clinical care and advanced 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.

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

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

Where is the Virtual Route?
Please choose your own route for this virtual event. It would be unsafe for us to provide a route that all could use at any specific time, because that may contribute to social distancing concerns. Additionally, by allowing registered participants to create their own routes, you may participate from wherever you are! Free websites such as and others allow you to draw out a route and measure it online. Use caution if you are participating in an event outside. And, please watch for pedestrian and vehicle traffic.

We specifically request that you do not use any of the previous Lobo Cancer Challenge routes. These routes are not safe for pedestrians or bicyclists without the street closures and police assistance that the Lobo Cancer Challenge usually provides.

What virtual event choices do I have?
We are encouraging participants to participate in whichever event they would have chosen for the live Lobo Cancer Challenge gathering at Dreamstyle Stadium — the 5k run/walk, or the 25 mile, 50 mile and 100 mile bike rides.

If you choose not to participate in a virtual athletic event, you can choose another option. We encourage people to get creative with your commitment! With “Choose Your Challenge,” find something that inspires you and is fun or meaningful to do! This includes volunteer activities or public service as well as arts and crafts. Go for a hike, take a nature walk, or engage in another favorite activity.

Other virtual participation ideas:
Marathon Relay teams are welcome to participant in the virtual event; however, we ask that all runners ensure that they are practicing safe physical distancing. Give virtual high-fives!

What does “Choose Your Challenge” mean?
Make your own creative commitment and raise funds to acknowledge your effort in support of your chosen program at the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center.

You may choose to define a personal goal around physical activity, volunteerism or fundraising. Or, draw on your skills: are you a crafter or an artist? Do you want to dedicate a month’s time of your usual avocation? Sign up to complete an activity of your choice.

Then you can post on social media and say, #MyLoboCancerChallenge is… [insert your own goal here]” to share your ambition to fight cancer with others and invite their support!

How may I submit my time for my route?
We have created a club on Strava, the “social network for athletes.” Our club name is Lobo Cancer Challenge. Strava is a free digital service accessible through both mobile application and the web. We will use Strava to post content, organize events, and promote the Lobo Cancer Challenge. Please consider joining to stay in touch with other participants, especially on September 19, 2020.

Can I change my route after I register?
Yes, you are welcome to participate virtually in whichever event you choose.

How old do I need to be to participate in Lobo Cancer Challenge?
We encourage participants of all ages to participate in the Lobo Cancer Challenge virtually. Minors should always be accompanied by an adult. Please stay safe and follow all rules of the road.

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. In all cases, maintain safe social distancing!

We encourage bike riders, runners and walkers to follow local regulations and common sense for safety on the road.
   • All bike riders must wear a helmet.
   • All local bike riders should follow City of Albuquerque Bicycle Laws and Safety Tips.
   • BE PREPARED for your own safety and those sharing the road with you, including pedestrians.

How many people do we need to sign up as a team?
It only takes two! Two or more participants can form a team. Actually, it really only takes one — create a new team and invite others to join you!

How do I start a team?
You may decide to be a Team Captain, or choose a Team Captain from your group. When the Team Captain registers for the Lobo Cancer Challenge, they choose “Create a Team” as their Role when they begin Registration. 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.

See below for how to create a team after registering.

How do I join a team?
You sign up with your team when you register by choosing the “Join a Team” Role during Registration, OR
begin your registration from the Team Page and select the “Join Our Team” link.

Find the Team page by using our “Fundraiser Search” feature at the top of every page. Click on the Team Name in the search results returned, which takes you to the Team Page.

See below for how to join a team after registering.

Can I start or join a team after I register?
Yes, you may also create a new team or join a team after registration from the Dashboard on your Fundraising Page. (You will find yourself on your Dashboard when you first login to the site, or when you click on the “View Fundraising Page” link in an email from the Lobo Cancer Challenge.) You can also access your Dashboard in the link at the top of the website when you are logged in.

In the sidebar on the right of your Dashboard, under the “Event Information” heading below the social media icons, you will see “Change Team Membership.” Selecting this will take you to a page with a dropdown with options for changing your team status.

Can I invite people to join my team if I am not a Team Captain?
Yes! Invitees may use the link at the top of your Fundraising Page with the Team Name to visit your Team’s page. On the Team’s page, they may select “Join Our Team” to begin their registration.

Participants who are already registered may use the “Change Team Membership” link on the Dashboard in their Fundraising Page to join your team.

Can our team make a personalized jersey or T-shirt?
Yes! We encourage teams to create and wear their own team jerseys or T-shirts. Please contact us directly regarding logo art at [email protected].

How do I donate online?
Donations can be made by credit card on our website. Select "Donate" from navigation to take you to our Donation page, where you can search for your Challenger or Team. (Or, you may use the "Fundraiser Search" feature at the top of every page to locate your Challenger or Team’s page.)

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: Development Office
4th Floor
1201 Camino de Salud, NE
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Please contact us to set up a date and time at [email protected] 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 [email protected] 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 28, 2022.

Does your employer match gifts?
For us to process your employer’s matching gift, you must start by making your donation by check, not by credit card online. Please follow our process to make a donation by check (instructions above, or click here).

Then, please request matching funds for your check by contacting:
Arlene Armijo, Director of Development at [email protected] or 505-272-4609;
or Leigh Rowland, Senior Director of Development at [email protected] or 505-925-0471.

How can I become a Lobo Cancer Challenge Sponsor?
If you are interested in becoming a 2021 Lobo Cancer Challenge sponsor, please contact:
Leigh Rowland, Senior Director of Development at [email protected] or 505-925-0471;
or Arlene Armijo, Director of Development at [email protected] or 505-272-4609.

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Thank You

Thank you again for your support and understanding on our virtual Lobo Cancer Challenge this year. We hope you’ll consider joining the Lobo Cancer Challenge and supporting the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center.


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