About the Breast Cancer Awareness Walk

By Chris Weiss

  • Overview

    If you ever wanted to contribute to the fight against breast cancer, a breast cancer awareness walk is a great way to get active in the cause. There are many individual walks in cities and states around the nation. This article will provide some background on the Breast Cancer 3-Day, one of the nation's largest and most significant breast cancer awareness walks.
  • Background

    The Breast Cancer 3-Day is a series of 60-mile walks, each performed over three days. Daily legs generally range from 15 to 22 miles. Walkers pledge to raise a certain amount of money in order to participate. The funds raised go to Susan G. Komen for a Cure (85 percent) and the National Philanthropic Trust Breast Cancer Fund (15 percent). The money is used for research, outreach and educational programs. Millions of dollars are raised each year through the event.
  • Location

    Currently, the 3-Day takes place in 15 cities around the country including Boston, Philadelphia, Tampa Bay and San Diego. Walks begin in July and culminate in November. The 3-Day is always expanding to new locations and Denver is the latest addition this year. Routes for each city change annually and aren't released until the event begins.

  • Participation

    Walkers must be at least 16-years-old by the end of the calendar year in which the walk takes place. Those under 18 will need to walk with a parent or guardian. Walkers can walk individually, join a team or create their own team. Online registration is available. Visit the link below for more details. Each member of a team is still responsible for her individual fundraising pledge. Those who aren't in shape or who don't want to walk can also volunteer to work at the event or donate to a walker.
  • Fundraising

    Each walker agrees to raise $2,300 in order to participate. Every walker has a fundraising web page and donations can be made easily by visiting these web pages, accessed from the main 3-Day website. If the full amount has not been raised by the beginning of the walk, the walker can either pay the remainder himself or guarantee it using a credit card. The latter option gives the walker four additional weeks to get all funds in before his card will be charged for any outstanding balance.
  • Support

    Much support is available for 3-Day participants. Training tips and schedules can be accessed on the website to help walkers prepare for the walk. Fundraising information and assistance is also available online. During the walk, meals, snacks, liquids showers and tents are provided. Safety guidelines and 24-hour medical support are also provided to ensure a safe environment for walkers.
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