The fall session of Cancer to 14K is a 10-week training course for cancer survivors and their caregivers who want to jump back into life, get stronger and feel better. Along the way, you'll make new friends and have fun! Cancer to 14K involves a series of weekly group walks and hikes, as well as recommendations and encouragement for exercising on your own during the week. The walks and hikes get progressively more challenging each week.
This fall, we are offering one session for Cancer to 14K, heard toward intermediate hikers. This course is for people who have not exercised in a while, or perhaps have recently finished treatment, but are capable of building up to a 5 or 6 mile hike with some hills. This group won't climb a 14,000 foot mountain, but it will achieve other 14K goals, including summiting Lookout Mountain in Golden in week 10. The Lookout Mountain hike is 14,000 steps long (5.4 miles), and gains 1,400 feet of elevation.
Not so long ago, oncologists were advising their patients to rest and take it easy during and after their treatment. No more! The National Comprehensive Cancer Network recommends that survivors get at least 150 minutes per week of moderate exercise. Cancer to 14K, plus regular exercise on your own in-between sessions, will get you there and more!
Depending on the preferences of those who register for the fall session, we will offer the hikes EITHER on Saturday mornings or Sunday afternoons. (We'll ask you during the registration process which times work for you, and will let you know what the decision is before the first hike). The fall session of Cancer to 14K starts on October 12 (or 13), and wraps up December 14 (or 15). You are not required to attend all hikes in order to sign up. But, to give yourself the best chance of being able to complete the 14K goal in week 12, you should plan to attend at least 2/3 of the events. It's also important to exercise on your own in between the group hikes.
We require two medical clearance forms for every participant. One is for you to fill out, the other is for your doctor to fill out (about you!).
To register for this conditioning program, click the "Register" button, and follow the prompts.