Better Than Ever and CATwalk join forces to fight women’s cancers

Wilma Wildcat with a Better Than Ever medal
Wilma Wildcat with a Better Than Ever medal

The Arizona Cancer Center’s Better Than Ever (BTE) program teamed up with the annual CATwalk event to hold successful 10K and 5K races and a 5K non-competitive walk on the University of Arizona campus Nov. 14.

The first CATwalk event was held in 2002 when University of Arizona fraternities and sororities decided to raise money for the Arizona Cancer Center in memory of Coach Lute Olson’s wife, Bobbi. Funds raised from the annual event continue to support the Bobbi Olson Fund for women’s cancers research, education and prevention.

Better Than Ever began in 2000 as a training program to promote an active and healthy lifestyle, while raising money for cancer research at the Arizona Cancer Center. This is the third year that the two groups have collaborated for the CATwalk event.

“Better Than Ever and CATwalk came together because we share a common goal – to prevent cancer through fun and fitness while building a healthy community dedicated to funding cancer research,” said Better Than Ever Founder Heather Alberts.

The event brought in more than $80,000, bringing the 8-year total to more than $330,000.

More than 3,000 people participated in the CATwalk and more than 100 were BTE participants, who brought a lot of energy to the event. BTE T-shirts flooded the pathways of the timed events, and a handful participated in the 5K walk. Several BTE members won prizes in their age categories, demonstrating that the BTE program is a great way to train.

The training doesn’t stop for BTE participants! Other goal events for this season include El Tour de Tucson and the Tucson Half Marathon. Training in Sedona for the Sedona 5K will begin in January and the Tucson/Green Valley spring training will begin in February.

New members are welcome to join us! If you’d like to find out how you can become Better Than Ever, contact Marisa Allen at or (520) 626-7177 or visit

Better Than Ever group at the 2009 CATwalk

Better Than Ever at the 2009 CATwalk