Here we go again! Last year, my friend Trina and I walked our very first Susan G. Komen 3-Day, a 60-mile walk over the course of three days to help support research and education programs for women and men facing breast cancer.
Little did we know that we would be doing it all again. Yet we experienced such an incredibly special weekend that neither of us could imagine not doing it again.
If you have ever considered being a part of the Komen 3-Day, here are my 10 reasons to go for it and sign up:
The camaraderie. There is a sense of friendship and oneness amongst the walkers that is truly something you do not sense until you experience it for yourself. It is there from the Opening Ceremony to the closing moments.
The exercise. Forget trying to reach 10,000 steps in a day. You will blow that number out of the water before lunchtime. The training walks to the actual event are wonderful exercise that does a body good.
To meet long lost relatives. Well, sort of. Early on the first day Trina and I began talking with other walkers along the route, as we did often during the event. One woman asked us if it was our first time participating, and we responded that indeed it was our first. She looked at us, smiled and said, “Welcome to the family.” Now I know just what she meant.
The sense of community. The support of the local communities through which we walked is such a huge motivator for getting through the day. The people who stand outside their homes, schools, and businesses to cheer on the walkers make the trek all the more worthwhile.
The physical challenge. Walking 60+ miles in 3 days is no easy task. Especially when you add on hills, inclement weather, and a few nagging blisters. Yet everyone is celebrated, no matter when they walk through the finish line.
The great company. You will meet some of the most fantastic people, people who you would not likely have met otherwise. Learning their stories and reasons for being in attendance was like emotionally uplifting icing on the cake.
The personal fulfillment. Last year during my first Komen 3-Day, I got to mark an item off my bucket list. This year I am coming back to get that incredible feeling of personal accomplishment once again.
The crew. What makes the Komen 3-Day so special, so life-changing, is not just about the walkers. The crew is equally passionate and hardworking. The Komen 3-Day would be nothing without them.
The fun. From the zany t-shirts and outfits on some of the walkers to the pure silliness of the crew, there is a lot of fun to be had at the Komen 3-Day. When it began to pour mid-way through our second day, Trina and I just laughed and laughed about the ridiculousness of walking (or more like sloshing through) 11 more miles in the pouring rain.
The lifelong memories. Participating in the Komen 3-Day gave me a deeper connection to what is really important. In addition to the fun that we had, and the physical challenge too, we never ever forgot that our purpose was to honor the lost, applaud the survivors, and support those who are still fighting the good fight.
Are you ready to do something huge? Click here to get more information, or here to register for a walk near you. Can’t be a walker but want to show your support? Then here’s the link to my personal page in case you’d like to make a donation. Together, we can do something huge.
Disclosure: I am proud to be a paid ambassador for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day.