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What is Better Than Ever?
Better Than Ever (BTE) is a grass-roots effort by The University of Arizona Cancer Center designed to encourage you to make fitness a regular part of life, and work to prevent cancer. We invite you to meet up with us each week to run, walk or bike as we train for local goal events, and raise funds for cancer research. We offer a welcoming, non-competitive atmosphere for all fitness levels. Our focus is on prevention, so you do not need to be a cancer survivor to participate. We want to help you feel "Better Than Ever!"
Join Better Than Ever with a $10 registration fee, and you can help the UA Cancer Center find cancer cures by raising money or making a donation. Suggested fundraising goals range from $100-$250. All proceeds stay in Arizona and are designated to support research at the UA Cancer Center. Funds will be used to benefit a clinical trial focusing on women’s cancers and lab studies correlative to clinical trials focusing on other cancer types.
You can fight cancer in your own life. According to the National Institutes of Health, being physically active can considerably reduce your risk of developing cancer and other chronic diseases.
- • Multiple weekly group/social training sessions
• Volunteer Team Leaders to guide participants
• Supportive environment
• Training schedule and training packet
• Bike skills and safety class – great for beginners! (fall session)
• Fundraising tips and suggestions
• Educational lectures and social events (fall session)
• Weekly e-newsletters
• Free BTE shirt
• Discounts at local running/cycling shops
• Reduced entry fee for most goal events
• To support local cancer research
• A great opportunity to have fun, be fit and fight cancer!
BTE currently offers group trainings session in Tucson, Green Valley and Sedona. Participants are also welcome to train on their own in any of these cities, or anywhere in the world!
Run, walk or both!
You are welcome to run or walk with us at your pace. Many of our BTE Team Leaders are experienced with a run/walk training routine. This involves incorporating walk breaks into regular running and allows you to reach distance goals while helping to prevent injury and have fun.
Our fall cycling program is open to all levels of experience and beginners will be given special attention to ensure a safe, fun riding experience.
Who can join BTE?
Individuals of all ages, sizes and abilities are welcome to join in the fun. Since its inception, BTE has encouraged more than 3,600 individuals to increase their fitness and has distributed $1.8 million in research