2018 nonprofit race teams 

 The following items are OPTIONALbut can help you raise more awareness

 The top three Nonprofit Race Teams, which will be the teams who earn the most awareness mileage points, will win:


  • A racing trophy for the office. Photo: #WAAD17 Winners, International Pain Foundation.
  • Feature in the #WAAD18 report, distributed to various stakeholders (including patients, pharmaceutical, and non-pharmaceutical partners.


Winners of both the Blogger/Support Group Race and the Nonprofit Race will be announced online, May 21st at 1pm EST/USA on the official WAAD Facebook and Twitter pages. 



Would you like to see your favorite nonprofit participate? Send them the link to this page and invite them to sign up!  If they reach out, we'll take it from there!


Are you a nonprofit and would like to join the #WAAD18 Race to Fuel Awareness?  Email Event Coordinator, Tiffany Westrich-Robertson at tiffany@AIArthritis.org.

Awareness does not have to stop on social media - your team can earn more points for any additional awareness activity that you do online OR offline.  Creativity = BIG MILEAGE POINTS.  


nonprofits: Learn how to participate

The concept of World Autoimmune & Autoinflammatory Arthritis Day (WAAD) is simple.  The play on "AUTO" is used to fuel global awareness about those autoimmune & autoinflammatory diseases where arthritis is a major component by turning the awareness efforts into an Official #WAAD18 Race to Fuel Awareness.  Historically the race teams have only been nonprofits, with supporting companies and government agencies participating as information kiosks.   However, this year we will hold a dual race - one between nonprofits and one between patient Bloggers/Support Groups.  Learn more about getting involved as a Blogger/Support Group.​​

we are currently recruiting for NONPROFIT teams to race for awareness this #WAAD18.  the first round of teams will be posted mid-april, 2018.

nonprofits - join us!

 Recruit drivers.  Whether it is through social media posts or e-newsletters, let your supporters know you support global awareness and ask that they choose your Nonprofit Race Team to drive for during the Official #WAAD18 Race to Fuel Awareness.  They earn mileage points the same way you do - all they need to make sure to do is use #WAAD18 and mention your team when posting on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram any time during the official race hours. We will even provide you with verbiage to help recruit team drivers, including sample social media posts.


Recruit Patient Advocate drivers.  This year, there will be TWO races happening consecutively - a Nonprofit race AND a Patient Advocate (Blogger/Support Group) race.  If an Official Blogger/Support Group team is already racing, ask them to tag you in some of their posts!  Then you get extra awareness miles, which can multiply just by you sharing/retweeting!

Raise awareness offline, then share online.  Examples include hosting an event, baking cupcakes with the colors of WAAD (or representative of a specific disease), arranging a break out awareness lesson on a coffee break at work - the sky is the limit.  Just make sure to post it on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram during the 47-hour Official #WAAD18 Race to Fuel Awareness.  Make sure your drivers mention your team too if they "go the extra mile" as well as use the hashtag #WAAD18 for tracking purposes! (Example #WAAD18 @TeamBlogAwesome) **  Verbiage to help explain this to team drivers, including sample awareness ideas, will be provided to you as part of your marketing page.  Again, all of this is optional, based on how involved your organization and/or your drivers choose to be.



** Awareness mileage points earned for creative online and offline activities will be collected, per team, through the duration of the Official #WAAD18 Race to Fuel Awareness (May 20th in every time zone, starting at 6am EST/USA May 19th - 5am EST/USA May 21st).  Submissions may be shared on official WAAD18 social media sites, or this website, once submitted.  Value of mileage points will be determined by a panel of WAAD18 volunteers.  



winning the official #waad18 Race to fuel awareness

The Basics


 1. Sign up.  Email Event Coordinator, Tiffany Westrich-Robertson, at tiffany@AIArthritis.org to join the Official #WAAD18 Race to Fuel Awareness.


2. Get your car. Once we approve your team you will be assigned to a #WAAD18 Team Manager, who will provide you with a graphic race car that has your logo (color chosen to match your branding).  This is yours to use as your team chooses.  All communications will be done via email.


3. Raise awareness any time during #WAAD18,which is May 20th during all time zones globally (or 47 hours),starting at 6am EST/USA May 19th and ending 5am EST/USA May 21st -translate to your time zone here


This can be done as simply as posting awareness messages or photos on your social media accounts* and letting your supporters "like" or "share" them.  Each "like" or "share" earns your Race Team one mileage pointWe will also provide you with sample posts and some graphics to help create material.



* Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.  Posts MUST relate to raising awareness about autoimmune and/or autoinflammatory diseases with arthritis as a major component to count towards awareness mileage. Mileage will be tallied only during the duration of WAAD18 (47 hours).  Tags prior to or post the start or end of the race will not be counted towards winning #WAAD18. 

put the pedal to the metal - going the 'extra mile'

Are you a nonprofit who is passionate about raising awareness forautoimmune or autoinflammatory diseases with arthritis as a major component?  Well, good news ... participation could not be easier!  

World AUTOimmune & AUTOinflammatory Arthritis Day

May 20th, 2018