About the Denver Breast Cancer Walk

By Chris Weiss

  • Overview

    You want to dedicate some time and money to breast cancer and you live in the Mile High City. Look no further then the Denver Breast Cancer 3-Day benefitting Susan G. Komen for the Cure. While it may take some dedication and hard work, it will be well worth the effort once you have raised money for a great cause and shared the experience with a great group of people. Here is some helpful information.
  • General Information

    The Denver Breast Cancer 3-Day is a 60-mile walk across the city. Each day consists of a separate leg between 15 and 22 miles. Walkers solicit donations in order to walk the event and proceeds go primarily to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, for breast cancer research and programs. Some proceeds also go to the National Philanthropic Trust Breast Cancer Fund. While walks have been going on in cities around the country for years, the Denver walk is new for 2009. Denver provides an incredible Rocky Mountain backdrop for this special event. It will take place August 28 through 30.
  • Walking

    The event is open to anyone who will be at least 16-years-old by the end of the calendar year of the race. Walkers who are under 18 will need to walk with a parent or guardian. Registration can be done online and participants can choose to walk as an individual, join a team or form their own team. Every participant who walks in the race must pledge to raise a minimum of $2300. See the Resources section below for a link.

  • Pre-race Support

    Given that walking 60 miles in three days and raising $2300 probably isn't something that you do very often, the event offers much help and support. Participants can get help in physically training for the event, including tips and suggested training schedules, on the 3-Day website. Fund raising pointers, training advice and other assistance are on the site.
  • Race-day Support

    Rest assured that you will be provided with meals, snacks, fluids, safety guidelines and 24-hour medical support. Two-person pink tents are provided for overnight accomodations and there is also areas to relax and enjoy company and entertainment. Showers are also available.
  • Other Opportunities

    If you are not able to walk, but would like to contribute consider donating or volunteering to help out with the event. Visit the 3-day website to search for walkers to donate to and sign up for volunteer work. There are two levels of volunteering: crew and volunteer. Crew requires a larger commitment for the full four days of the event and also involves training, while volunteer is more oriented to one-day sessions and helping out when you can.
  • Considerations

    While you will get assistance and pointers, you will be responsible for the full $2300 commitment to be eligible to walk. If you haven't raised the full amount by the date of the event, you can donate the balance yourself or guarantee it with a credit card. Choosing the latter option provides an additional four weeks to get the remaining funds in, after which time your credit card will be charged for the remaining balance.
  • Warning

    Denver lies at a higher altitude than most cities. If you are coming in from out of town, be sure to take this into account when training for the walk. Sixty miles is a pretty substantial walk without the issue of altitude.
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