Looking to overcome those winter blues by doing a little exercise? And, are you keen to raise funds for cancer research?
Can Too has launched its winter training programs with sessions at Westport Park each Wednesday night and Saturday morning.
The training sessions are preparing runners - of all abilities - for the Blackmores 10km Bridge Run, on Sunday September 16, 2018.
The Can Too training programs are structured and run over 10 weeks. They include fitness education programs, preparing runners for 10km run.
Training is done in a supportive group environment while fundraising for Australian cancer research and prevention.
Mid-week skills sessions are typically 90 minutes. They include, learn how to run more efficiently; learn proper breathing techniques; improve core strength; learn about injury prevention; hear from guest speakers.
Saturday's training sessions include a long run/walk starting at 20 minutes and will also build endurance, improve mental focus, work on pacing and race strategy and focus on running form.
The Can Too Foundation is dedicated to raising funds for cancer research by running fitness programs, and is celebrating a significant milestone, after securing $20 million through the efforts of its community members.
Can Too offers professionally coached programs for people of all ages and abilities, with qualified, experienced coaches.
Participants pay a registration fee for training, and commit to fundraising.
Since its humble inception 13 years ago, Can Too’s training model has seen it train thousands of participants around Australia who have run, swum, trekked and even sung to support early career cancer researchers.
Founder Annie Crawford, who launched Can Too in memory of her father after he died from bowel cancer at just 51, said she was honoured and proud of the organisation’s achievement.
“Can Too turns thirteen this year, and I’m so proud of what it’s growing up to be.
"There’s a heart of gold at the centre of what we do, made up of thousands of people who care about each other and their community, and who are committed to giving back and knowing we’re stronger together, creating a better future for those affected by cancer.”
To date, Can Too’s $20 million has gone towards 158 cancer research projects, with at least 11 researchers going on to achieve breakthroughs.