Walk/ Run to Defeat Obesity Virtual 5K
September 17th-25th, 2022
The 7th Annual Walk/ Run to Defeat Obesity
Is a 5K on your WLS bucket list or is your wall covered with 5K medals from all the races (walks or runs) you have already completed?
Either way we invite you to participate in our annual 5K fundraiser! You can participate virtually (walk or run where you are) or join a team-up and share the fun with others! All proceeds will help to fund our next surgical grant!
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Who is the WLSFA?
The WLSFA is a 501C3 charity that exists to fund grants for the medical treatment of obesity and reconstructive surgery after bariatric surgery. The mission of the WLSFA includes improving the lives of people affected by obesity. Participating in the WLSFA Stomp Out Obesity 5K virtually as an individual, as part of a team-up, or through a donation will help meet that goal and give hope to all grant recipients as they live better lives free of shame.
What is a virtual 5K?
A virtual 5K is an event that can be completed at any location. You can run, walk, skip, use the treadmill, bike, paddle, etc. You can participate at your pace in your place, wherever that may be. Proof of time is not required for your 5K, but it would be awesome if you could upload pictures and tell us about your experience on our Facebook Event Page. All 5K participants will be mailed a logo T-shirt and a finisher’s medal.
Can I complete the 5K with a group?
Yes, we have groups set up with WLSFA Chapters and other groups. You will find them in Most groups, if not all, will have a “pavement/concrete” date. We are calling those groups “Team-Ups”. You can register with a WLSFA chapter of your choice so that funds will go to the chapter and still do it virtually.
Not near a WLSFA Chapter or Group Team-Up to do the 5K with? NO PROBLEM! Register as an Individual Participant, or if you are interested in starting a Group Team-Up in your area, gather some friends to participate with you. If this interests you, please contact Cleo@wlsfa.org
Why should I do a virtual 5K?
The short answer would be because they are cool and trendy. The more detailed top 3 reasons would include:
- An opportunity to support a great cause. This 5K will benefit a deserving charity that is making a difference.
- The chance to add a really cool medal (also known as “Bling”) to your collection.
- Complete control over your schedule. Complete the 5K on your own time. No travel expenses, no hassle with parking and no long lines waiting at the potty.
Who can participate?
Everybody and anybody! There is no age limit and there are no restrictions. So, run, jog, walk, crawl, run alone, run in a group, run with your pet, bike, hike, it doesn’t matter. Just get out there and get moving!
Outside of the United States?
Join our International Virtual 5K. We are excited you want to support our fundraiser and join the fun. Your entrance fee (donation) is a bit more to cover international shipping fees for your medal and shirt.
Still have questions?
Contact Laura@WLSFA.org and we’ll answer any questions you may have.
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