Triumph to the Summit 2020

Taking Triumph to New Heights!

We train. We hike. We triumph.

Never hiked before? No problem! We train throughout the Summer months to prepare all participants for an ambitious goal for any athlete: a Sierra Summit! Graduates of Triumph, other cancer survivors, and supporters are welcome to join us.

We hike as a team carefully considering individual needs. Our goal is to demonstrate: Survivors can Triumph over cancer with us!

All team members are required to fundraise a minimum amount of $500 on behalf of the Triumph Cancer Foundation through our fundraising platform. All donations are 100% tax deductible and funds will be used to enroll more cancer survivors in Triumph Fitness.

For 2019, we raised over $14,000 with over 160 individual donors!!  THANK YOU for your support!  These funds allowed us to enroll 10 more cancer survivors in our signature 12-week Triumph Fitness program.

Now YOU can join us Summer of 2020 for more outdoor adventuring towards our goal of $15,000!  We have the wonderful opportunity to e-x-p-a-n-d our program to include Virtual Hikes this year!  Details on how to virtually hike with us are listed further down. 

To sponsor a specific hiker or show your support for our 2020 Triumph to the Summit team, click on the blue Donate Now button below:

Join our team for an inspiring summer as we discover wildflowers, crystal clear lakes, and endless views in the Sierra Mountains!

Take your fitness level to new heights while helping cancer survivors rise up!

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Our 2020 Goal - Mt. Tallac

The Final Hike - September 11, 2020

Join Team Triumph in the ultimate challenge as we climb Mt. Tallac in the Tahoe Basin to show the world that cancer survivors can triumph after cancer! Triumph Fitness alumni, friends, family, and supporters are welcome to join us on this inspiring climb in person and now anyone can participate as a virtual hiker choosing your own hikes and walks wherever you live!

Our summer adventures will include hikes to some of the most beautiful high elevation lakes in the Sierra Mountains.  We will also venture atop several other peaks above 9,000′ in elevation to get us ready for the final summit hike to the top of Mt. Tallac.

Mt. Tallac sits in the Tahoe Basin at the southwest corner of Lake Tahoe.  The out-and-back hike is nearly 10 miles long with over 3,000′ of elevation gain.  The summit is at 9,735′. Along the way, we will pass several pristine lakes.  The last few miles are exposed with very little vegetation, but incredible views.  At the summit, the reward for our team will be one of the best views of Lake Tahoe unless you’re in an airplane!

Support our team by making a tax deductible donation today!  Click on the blue Donate Now button below:

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Get moving as early as today!


Step 1: Create a hiker profile in our Group Rev App to set a fundraising goal of $500 or more and begin collecting pledges for miles hiked.

    • To create your profile, click on the Yellow Create My Fundraising Profile button below. That will take you to the Triumph to the Summit team fundraising page.

    • Click on the Yellow Create a Page button on Triumph’s GroupRev page to start making your personalized fundraising page.

Step 2:  Download any Fitness Tracking App and log your distances.  (We suggest using, but you can also track your hikes or walks with your phone, Apple Watch, Fitbit, or Garmin device.)

Step 3: Create a route of each week that works for you.  You can match our distances hiked or choose your own distance.  We suggest to find great hikes or walks in your area.

Step 4:  Take your hike or walk! We’re hiking on Saturdays, but you can choose any day of the week that works for your schedule. If you have a blue Triumph shirt, we encourage you to wear it in solidarity. Take photos of what you discover along your trail and be sure to take at least one selfie too.

Step 5:  Post your photos along with a link to your fundraising page each week on social media. Write about your experience and why you are hiking for Triumph.  Be sure to tag us and use any of the hashtags listed below.

Tag @TriumphCancerFoundation on Facebook and @Triumphfound on Instagram or Twitter.

Hashtags:  #TriumphtotheSummit  #TogetherWeTriumph  #TeamTriumph   #BelieveinTriumph

The most important steps?  The ones you are taking to keep healthy and strong while supporting Triumph Cancer Foundation!  Have fun!  We can’t wait to share our adventures together!

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The Story behind Triumph to the Summit

It started with one Triumph Fitness Graduate who wanted to “Pay it Forward”.  Crystal Rowland had been an avid hiker, scaling peaks throughout the Sierra Mountains and Pacific Northwest. Then cancer struck.  After treatment, her body was so weakened that walking upstairs was a challenge. Hiking became just a dream. When Crystal found Triumph, she found her way back.  And as graduation neared, she hatched a plan.  She was going to lace up her hiking boots again.  She began training with her ultimate goal being to summit Mt. St. Helens.  She chose this peak because it had been decimated by the volcanic eruption, and yet survived.  And life began returning to its mountain slopes. It felt very much like her cancer journey and her reemergence to life thanks to Triumph Fitness.  This hike was going to be her way to celebrate her newfound strength while paying it forward so other cancer survivors might benefit from Triumph like she did.  She roped in a few friends, and even our Board Member Paula Plesha, to join her on the inaugural Triumph to the Summit hiking season. 

What began as one incredible summer of hiking, rippled into a hiking program with Triumph Cancer Foundation that will celebrate its fifth season this summer.  And thanks to Crystal’s dream, Triumph to the Summit has now raised more than $50,000! 

Watch the video that Crystal created of 2015’s inspiring day.


Participants need to meet our minimum level of Physical Fitness and/or have permission from their doctor to participate. Participants hiking as part of our actual team in the Sierras must complete the minimum number of training hikes to participate in the final Triumph to the Summit Mt. Tallac hike.  Virtual Participants are not eligible for the Tallac Group hike at this time.

Hiking enthusiasts are encouraged to begin their training in the Spring in the Sacramento and Foothills area. This year’s “Night of Triumph” at REI to learn about suggested gear and boots for our region has been cancelled due to COVID-19. But our team at Triumph is happy to share suggestions on hiking needs. 

The first training hike will occur in early July. Throughout the summer, conditioning hikes are offered every Saturday. Each hike will get progressively longer, and higher in elevation to prepare team members for hiking at elevation.  Most of our training will occur in the Carson Pass area with a few hikes further up on Highway 50. All hikes are day trips with early morning start times (carpooling from Sacramento will not be available this year, but cars will convoy to trailheads.)  For our final hike to Mt. Tallac, most team members make a weekend out of the event, arriving the night before to adjust to the altitude, and staying the night after to recover. We will communicate with the team throughout the season on upcoming hikes and coordinate details for the Tahoe weekend, reviewing the situation with COVID-19 to determine plans related to staying in South Lake Tahoe.


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Sponsor Team Triumph as they Triumph to the Summit.

We offer several ways for companies to support our team’s efforts.  Each week from July through September, we track our progress on social media with photos, videos, and individual fundraising asks.  Opportunities exist to brand photos, video, T-shirts, and gear. Provide the necessary equipment to hikers and survivors. Provide an opportunity for cancer survivors to do something extraordinary.

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