Cancer to 14K conditioning program
Tell cancer to take a hike!
Cancer to 14K is a 12-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.
The course is broken down into two groups: beginner and experienced. The experienced group is geared towards people who are reasonably fit already who want to climb one of Colorado’s 14,000-foot peaks. The 12th week of this course will be an ascent of Grays Peak.
The beginner level is for people who have not exercised in a while, or perhaps have recently finished treatment. 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 12. 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!
Cancer to 14K starts on June 15, and wraps up August 31. 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 75% of the events.
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, choose which group you want to join, click "continue" and follow the prompts. You will be able to change groups if the group you chose is not appropriate for you.