The Cancer Event to Remember

Fri October 1 - Sun October 31, 2021 Opelika, AL 36801 US
Events

600 Minute Cardiovascular Challenge

$45 Registration ends October 31, 2021 at 11:59pm CDT

400 Minute Strength Challenge

$45 Registration ends October 31, 2021 at 11:59pm CDT

400 Minute Flexibility Challenge

$45 Registration ends October 31, 2021 at 11:59pm CDT

1000 Minute Exercise Challenge

$45 Registration ends October 31, 2021 at 11:59pm CDT
Place
2501 Village Professional Drive
Opelika, AL US 36801
Description

What: The Cancer Event to Remember is a virtual exercise challenge that encourages us to exercise while honoring cancer survivors and memorializes our loved ones who are no longer with us.

 

Fundraising: 100% of the funds raised for this event will go directly to the The Robert and Marjorie Goodson Oncology Wellness Program at the EAH Spencer Cancer Center. This program provides exercise training and massage therapy to patients who undergo treatment at the Spencer Cancer Center. The program provides comfort and improved health outcomes to our patient population.

 

How The Challenge Works: Determine how many minutes you will commit to exercising in the month of October. There are 4 challenge options: 600 minutes of cardiovascular exercise, 400 minutes of strength training, 400 minutes of flexibility training, and 1000 minutes of combined exercise (cardiovascular exercise, strength training, and flexibility training). The goal is to spend your time exercising honoring and remembering loved ones who have been effected by a cancer diagnosis. You will be able to log your exercise minutes directly with Run Sign Up after you register.

 

Why a Challenge: 2020 was our first virtual event as we shifted gears due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We want to encourage people to move more, sit less, and to make your health a priority. Challenge minutes were chosen for two reasons. Help people reach the guidelines for being physically active through exercise and to bring awareness about the benefits of exercise as it relates to Cancer. Adults should do at least 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity ideally spread throughout the week. Adults should also do muscle-strengthening activities involving all major muscle groups 2 or more days a week. Flexibility activities are often forgotten in an exercise regiment but is a very important part of physical fitness. Flexibility exercises increase the movement for a joint to move through the full range of motion. For more information on being physically active and exercise see: https://health.gov/our-work/physical-activity

 

Cancer and Exercise: 150-300 minutes per week of moderate or 75-150 minutes per week of vigorous aerobic exercise can help prevent 7 types of common cancers; bladder, breast, colon, endometrial, esophageal, kidney and stomach cancers. More physical activity through exercise can help in the survival of 3 common cancers; breast, colon and prostate cancers (exact dose of physical activity is not yet known). There is also strong evidence that exercise positively effects cancer-related fatigue, quality of life, physical function, anxiety, depression, and lymphedema. For more information on the effects of exercise on health-related outcomes in those with cancer head to: http://bit.ly/cancer_exercise_guidelines

 

Facebook Group & Live Exercise Classes: We have created a closed Facebook group (check out "The Cancer Event to Remember" or click this link  https://www.facebook.com/groups/2934036153373240/) where you can post your updates and express who you honored with your exercise minutes each day! As an added bonus, we will be offering Facebook Live classes (schedule below) on this group page for anyone who would like to participate. Each day, we will have different honorees posted on the Facebook group and mentioned in the exercise classes!

 

The Goodies: Swag TBD.

 

Donations: For donations of $50+, we will add your honoree's name to the swag. However, you must be registered with your minimum $50 donation paid no later than October 31st.

*If you would like to make a donation without registering you can do so by clicking the "donate" button at the top of the page. When donating, select "in honor/memory of" then select "other" and input the honoree's name that you would like to have on the swag.

 

Kick Off: Our kick off will be in front of the radiation entrance (lower parking lot) of the Spencer Cancer Center on Friday, October 1 from 3-7PM. 

 

Swag Pick Up: Since we will be collecting donations for the entire month of October we will wait to get swag printed at the end of the month. Pick up will be at the Spencer Cancer Center at the radiation entrance (lower parking lot) from 3-6 pm. We will mail residual packets to anyone who registers and does not pick up their packet. Please be advised, we will mail the packet to the address submitted on the Run Sign Up page, unless notified otherwise.

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