About the San Diego 3-Day Breast Cancer Walk

By Melanie Williamson

  • Overview

    The Susan G. Komen 3-Day Breast Cancer walk is one of many high-volume fundraisers that take place every year to raise money and awareness for breast cancer and unity among those affected by it. The walk is a 60-mile event. San Diego is one of many cities that hosts this annual event; the picturesque landscape creates the perfect backdrop.
    About the San Diego 3-Day Breast Cancer Walk
  • History

    The first three-day breast cancer walk took place in Los Angeles in 1998. It has since expanded to 15 cities nationwide. The money raised from these walks goes to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the NPT Breast Cancer Fund. These organizations raise money for breast cancer research, as well as provide support and counseling to breast cancer patients.
  • Facts

    The 2009 San Diego 3-Day Breast Cancer walk will take place Nov. 20-22. The walk is divided into three sections, with the walkers going approximately 20 miles each day. There is also an opening and closing ceremony for walkers, volunteers and team members. Each walker is required to raise a minimum of $2,300 to participate, and advanced registration is required. More specific information will be posted on the walk website a couple months prior to the event. The walkers spend their evenings in camps set up by walk organizers. Everything is supplied for the walkers, including evening entertainment. To join a team, call 1-800-996-3DAY.


  • Expert Insight

    Walking 60 miles is an incredible accomplishment, even for a physically fit person. It is important to get plenty of training for this event. Each host city will also hold training walks in the months leading up to the event. It is equally important to wear proper clothes and stay hydrated. There is medical staff available throughout the entire walk.
  • Considerations

    There is a minimum donation of $2,300 to participate in the walk. It is important to start looking for donations early to reach your goal. The walk organizers can assist you with fundraising ideas, a personal website, any forms or paperwork you might need, and ongoing support. You can also gain access to the event logo and the Susan G. Komen logo to use on your fund-raising material.
  • Features

    Along the walk there will be regular water stations. Volunteers along the route will cheer on walkers and offer help. In the evening the walkers will be given two-man tents to sleep in. There will be food, drink, showers and entertainment at the camp site.
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