Volunteer for Cancer to 14K 2021!
Tell cancer to take a hike.
We're looking for volunteers for Cancer to 14K. Cancer to 14K is a 12-week hiking-based conditioning program for cancer survivors and their caregivers. Cancer to 14K includes weekly group hikes, and recommendations and encouragement for exercising on your own during the week. The hikes get harder each week. You do NOT need to be able to attend all the hikes to volunteer for this program. If you can only come on one or two, that still helps.
This year, we are offering two live, in-person tracks of Cancer to 14K: the Grays Peak track, and the Blue Lake track. The Grays Peak track is more difficult. People in the Grays track will train to climb Grays Peak, a 14,270' high mountain, in Week 12. The Grays Peak hike is about 7.5 miles long, with 3,000 feet of elevation gain.
The Blue Lake track is less difficult, but still challenging. Instead of climbing a 14,000' high peak, people in this group will train to complete a 14,000 step long hike -- about 5 and a half miles. We will hike to Blue Lake in the Indian Peaks wilderness. Blue Lake sits at 11,300'. The hike has about 850 feet of elevation gain.
Both the Grays Peak and Blue Lake tracks begin with easy hikes, and gradually build up to their respective goals. There's an orientation session for the Blue Lake and Grays Peak tracks on May 15. Hikes are held on Saturdays, beginning May 22, and ending August 7. Sundays will be used as rain dates. Space is limited in the Blue Lake and Grays Peak groups. We will be screening applications to ensure the groups are well-matched in terms of fitness.
What Covid precautions are being taken?
Exercising outdoors is a relatively safe activity, even during Covid. We will use the following precautions to further minimize risk.
1. All participants, hike leaders and volunteers must have received at least one Covid vaccination prior to the first hike.
2. We will require participants to wear masks at meeting places, and during breaks (unless eating or drinking). While hiking, participants should wear masks whenever they cannot maintain 6' of social distancing.
3. Participants must submit a symptom checklist prior to each hike, and may not attend a hike if exhibiting Covid symptoms.
What do I need to do to register?
We require a self-certification medical clearance forms for every volunteer in the Blue Lake and Grays Peak tracks. Download the form during the registration process. You must submit this form to us at least 2 weeks before the first date you plan to volunteer. You must also provide proof of Covid-19 vaccination at least 2 weeks before the first date you plan to volunteer.
To volunteer for the Cancer to 14K conditioning program, click the "I want to volunteer!" button, and follow the prompts. After you register, we'll be in touch to figure out which hikes we'll need you on. (It may be a few weeks.)