Written By: Adrienne Coleman
Outreach Coordinator, Team Survivor Northwest
As I stare out the window into what seems like an endless stream of rain, it is hard to believe that the first day of spring is right around the corner. Yes, believe it! March 9th officially marks the time for Americans across the country to Spring ahead! Each year as this day approaches I can’t help but feel excited! To me the first day of spring marks the approach of longer days with more light, the prospect of sunshine, and from a fitness standpoint, it marks the beginning of the spring and summer fitness season and activities. At Team Survivor Northwest we have a lot of exciting spring and summer classes and activities for current and prospective members!
The winter months can seem to drag on in Seattle, and it is common during these months that many of us do not follow through with our fitness goals. It is easy to fall behind, and as so often happens once we feel like we have fallen off track, it is easier to just give up entirely. However, it is our goal to help bring you out of the winter lull and help you get that spring back in your step. It is time to stop talking about the things you want to do and just do it! We have a number of programs, designed for a variety of interests and fitness levels. Once you find a program that interests you, it is incredibly easy to become a member! Team Survivor offers all their programs at no cost to women at any stage in their cancer journey.
Step 1: Visit our website http://www.teamsurvivornw.org where you will find our 2014 membership forms.
Step 2: Complete the membership form and either fax or mail the membership form to Team Survivor Northwest
Step 3: Have your oncologist or if you have been out of treatment for a number of years your PCP sign the medical release form and return this to TSNW via mail or fax.
Step 4: Receive your membership card in the mail and start attending fabulous programs at no cost to you!
SPRING AND SUMMER PROGRAMS AT TSNW:
If you are looking for a team activity that allows you to get away from it all without leaving the city, get a tremendous workout, and enjoy the camaraderie of a great group of women, come out and see what dragon boating is all about and why it continues to be the fastest growing water sport worldwide.
History of Dragon Boating
In 1999, Club SAKE paddler Hong Ho wanted to expand the Seattle team’s mission and memorialize her mother who had died of cancer. She called Team Survivor Northwest to offer Club SAKE’s assistance in starting a dragon boat team of women cancer survivors. About ten enthusiastic survivors and volunteers showed up that August. Today, the program has over sixty women survivors on the active roster!
Dragon Boating Season
Our main season runs from the first week in April through September. A small, but growing number of us are paddling year round. During the main season, we practice two times per week at the Leschi Marina on Lake Washington Blvd in Seattle.
Dragon Boat paddling is a great activity that gets you outside and keeps you in the company of some wonderful people! New paddlers are always welcome.
Mark your calendar! Our 2014 Orientation Meeting will be Saturday March 8 at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance from 9-noon! Also please join us for the Seattle Dragon boat festival, which will be held on July 19th from 9:00am-5:00pm at South Lake Union Park in Seattle. Team Survivor Northwest is the designated non-profit of the Seattle Dragon Boat festival.
For more information or to be put on the Dragon Boat interest list, contact our Program Manager in the TSNW office at firstname.lastname@example.org or (206)732-8350.
Walk Run Program:
The walk run program at Team Survivor Northwest focuses on helping to train participants for marathons within the Seattle area. It is a step-by-step program that can get even a beginner marathoner ready for the big day! Interested? Please join us on April 5th for our Walk/Run spring session kickoff! Location to be decided. Please visit our website for more details or email our program manager at email@example.com or (206)732-8350.
Want to participate in a low key community walk to get you back out there? Then please join us at our Team Survivor Northwest 4th Annual “Walk with Friends 5K” at Marymoor Park (Redmond) on Sunday, April 27, 2014! If you would like to volunteer for the event, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration opens on March 7!
Fridays at 9:00am.
If you are new or returning to hiking, this program will get you started and on your way to better health. There is nothing like being part of a group to help motivate you! Explore the parks and neighborhoods of the greater Seattle area, the East side and Mercer Island. We meet at various locations, hike for 3-4 miles and try to get our heart rates up. Plan on up to 2 hours.
For more information or to be added to the Urban Hike interest list, please contact our Program Manager in the TSNW office, 206.732.8350 or email@example.com.
Midweek hikes are trail hikes in the mountains, which mean you will see some beautiful scenery. It also means that they are more challenging than walking in the city. These hikes are progressive; we start with easier hikes and work up to longer distances and more elevation gain as we get further into the season.
Our Program Manager can help you figure out the right level of challenge for you right now and how to get you from here to there.
Remember, there is always a reason to not do something, now Team Survivor Northwest has given you a reason to get out there and get active this spring and summer! Sometimes when it comes to fitness we are all our own worst enemy. However, take advantage of all of the great programs here at Team Survivor Northwest, and let us help you spring ahead and leave winter behind!