Whether you’re a first time runner or a seasoned marathoner, now is the time to set your sights on participating in one of Australia’s most popular running festivals – and doing it for a good cause – by joining Can Too. Can Too is a non-profit program, which offers professional coaching across a number of metro locations, for beginners through to experienced athletes. In return, participants raise money that goes towards funding young Australian cancer researchers through Cure Cancer Australia.
Registrations are now open for Can Too marathon, half-marathon or 9km training programs for this year’s Blackmore’s Sydney Running Festival in September and the Medibank Melbourne Marathon Festival in October.
Can Too Founder, Annie Crawford, said participants love Can Too programs for more reasons than one due to the win/win combination of fitness and fundraising, as well as the milestones achieved and the fun and friendships that are formed along the way:
“Our Can Too participants – Can Tooers as they’re affectionately known – all join Can Too for very individual reasons. For some, they have a personal connection to cancer and this is a way for them to give back and to help fight the disease. For others, it’s about taking a risk and overcoming a fear, achieving something they never thought possible – whether that be physical or mental.
“We have Can Tooers of all different shapes and sizes, aged from 18 to 80, and we have some who have completed numerous marathons, and others who haven’t run since high school. It’s a wonderful mix of people who all share one common attribute – a Can Too attitude.”
Being a part of Can Too offers you:
- A day-by-day training guide, and two professionally coached group training sessions per week
- A great group of people to train with and fun social get-togethers
- Fundraising ideas and support
- Fun, fitness and lifestyle change
- Access to inspirational speakers including champion athletes, sports experts, cancer survivors, and medical researchers
- The ability to make a difference to your community through funding cancer research
The Can Too fundraising target is determined by the length of the training program, and all participants are provided with a fundraising booklet and support to conduct an effective fundraising campaign. Since its inception in 2005, Can Too has raised more than $13.5m and trained more than 9,000 participants. To date, more than 95 grants funded by Can Too have gone to young researchers nationally across all fields of cancer research. To register for a Can Too program or to find out more, visit cantoo.org.au.